The spinal injury Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered in December will keep him out for the 2018 season, Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert told reporters Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Shazier suffered a spinal injury on a hit against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 4. He underwent a surgical procedure after the hit and has been rehabbing the injury.

The announcement comes a week after Shazier expressed his desire to return and be an All-Pro for the Steelers.

"I've gotta get back, bro," Shazier told teammate Roosevelt Nix on Nix's podcast. "Every day, bro. Every day I'm like -- right now, I'm reading a book and it's basically saying trust the process, bro. I'm really trusting the process and I know the end goal. I'm taking it every step of the way but I'm like, I'm giving it like my football effort, like 1,000, everything I've got"