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Standing Shazier receives ovation from crowd in Pittsburgh

Steelers linebacker who was injured in December stands publicly for first time since @NHLdotcom

Shazier salutes Pittsburgh fans

VGK@PIT: Shazier greets the crowd in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier acknowledges the crowd at PPG Paints Arena and receives a standing ovation

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Marc-Andre Fleury wasn't the only one to receive a standing ovation in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Ryan Shazier, a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers who sustained a spinal-cord injury during an NFL game in December, stood to acknowledge the crowd at PPG Paints Arena during the first period of the Pittsburgh Penguins game against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Tweet from @penguins: A well-deserved STANDING ovation for this guy.Welcome to the game, @RyanShazier! ��

Shazier was carted off the field without feeling in his legs during the Steelers' game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 13. He announced Thursday he'd started an assisted walking routine, and with the help of his wife Michelle and the Penguins-sweatshirt-clad fellow next to him, he stood up to acknowledge the crowd's incredible ovation.

Tuesday also marked Fleury's first game back in Pittsburgh as a member of the Golden Knights.

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