Linebacker Jarvis Jones says the "sky's the limit" for returning Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Ryan Shazier ahead of their game with Kansas City Chiefs.
Inside linebacker Shazier has missed the Steelers last four matches after injuring his shoulder in the dominant 43-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers in week two.
The second-half injury cut short the 23-year-old's career best game – having 15 tackles (11 solo), 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery.
"It means a whole lot having ‘Sha' back," Jones said.
"‘Sha' is one of those players who can really stretch the field. He can play sideline-to-sideline; he's very smart, very athletic and fast. So he's one of those exceptional players that can really get out there and make plays.
"He knows the game. He's an incredible player. Stay healthy, stay on the field, and the sky's the limit for him."
Shazier has come under scrutiny for his lack of size, and his durability is now coming under question after missing 11 of the past 22 fixtures through injury.
However Jones, who has had his fair share of injuries himself, insists it is just an unfortunate consequence of American football.
"It's a tough situation. He's going through it. I've been through it," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"I got dinged up last week, so I know it's frustrating. You want to play, you want to be productive, you want to be there with your teammates. But this game has got 100 percent injury rate – and things happen."