Ryan Shazier injury update: Steelers LB stands as honoree at Ohio State game

Ryan Shazier continues to make his rounds in the sports world.

The Steelers linebacker was honored at his alma mater Saturday during the Ohio State football spring game.

Shazier, who played three seasons for the Buckeyes from 2011-13 before being selected by the Steelers with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, served as an honorary captain for the matchup. He drove a golf cart to midfield and stood briefly without assistance as he received roaring cheers from the crowd at Ohio Stadium.

The Broncos will think about quarterback, for sure, but Barkley would fill their more pressing offensive skill need and would be the best player available. Should a team such the Bills or Cardinals trade up ahead of them to draft Josh Allen, the Broncos won’t force the issue with Baker Mayfield. Allen’s availability would make things more tempting, but Barkley is the more logical choice as a player can help John Elway’s team win now with Case Keenum getting a lot of money to start at QB the next two years.

Pat Shurmur and Case Keenum are out, and John DeFilippo and Kirk Cousins are in. But despite some changes, Minnesota and its trusty defense figure to be contenders in the NFC playoff hunt this season. That is, if they can navigate what appears to be a tough 2018 schedule.

Below is a breakdown of the Vikings’ 2018 schedule. Details of Minnesota’s regular-season schedule, including dates and kickoff times, will be added when the NFL makes it available.

Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks

Toughest tests: The aforementioned Eagles game is the first of several challenges. Another postseason rematch, against the Saints, is just as tough. Beyond those game and the always-dangerous NFC North contests, road trips to LA to play the Rams and to New England to play the Patriots are the Vikings’ key games.

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