Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will not play this season, and the team has converted $8.26 million of his $8.718 million base salary for 2018 into a signing bonus, ESPN.com reported Thursday.
This move will allow Shazier to receive the money immediately, and the rest of his salary will be paid over the course of the 2018 season. This is the final year of Shazier's contract.
According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the change was made at Shazier's request. The Steelers' move has no implications for the salary cap.
Shazier continues to recover from a spinal injury suffered last season in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He is making progress, although his football career remains in doubt.
Shazier, 25, was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Wednesday, signaling the end to his 2018 season.
Shazier made his first public appearance when he was in attendance at Heinz Field for the Steelers game against the New England Patriots on Dec. 17.