The news that linebacker Ryan Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery hit the Steelers in different ways, but one thing they did not want to talk about Thursday was the linebacker’s football future.

“I’m not worried about him playing for us again, I’m more worried about him,” defensive coordinator Keith Butler said Thursday. “Y’all have been updated as much as we have. The thing that we’re hopeful for and prayerful for is that he comes back and he’ll be OK. The football stuff is secondary. His life is a lot more important to me than football.”

That was the general theme among his teammates as well.

Shazier playing again is “the last thing I’m concerned about,” said linebacker Arthur Moats, who may be one of those who replaces him on the football field Sunday night against Baltimore. “After seeing him on the field like that [Monday], I want to see him just walk. That was scary to see him roll over like that on the field.”

Guard Ramon Foster, the team’s player representative to their union, said the team told players not to say anything about Shazier’s condition: “I refuse to say anything about it because whatever it is is very sensitive and they told us not to.”