The injury suffered by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier might be even worse that originally expected.

After sustaining a serious injury in Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Shazier was unable to leave the field on his own power and had to be carted off and was subsequently taken to a nearby hospital.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Michele Steele spoke with neurologist Dr. Anthony Alessi, who consults with the NFL Players Association and discussed the magnitude of Shazier’s injury.

Alessi told Steele “It’s not good…we’re not going to see him this season. He may not play football again.” He continued to say that Shazier’s injury is a “much more severe situation on our hands than we thought.”

After Shazier suffered the injury, teammates and other players kneeled in a circle, many with tears in their eyes as they understood the seriousness of the injury.

We can only hope that Shazier makes a smooth and quick recovery from such a devastating injury.