Steelers rookie Jarvis Jones didn’t practice on Wednesday because of a head injury, but the injury news wasn’t all bad at linebacker.
Sean Spence, last seen on a field when he suffered a catastrophic knee injury in the final preseason game, was a limited participant in practice for the Steelers. Spence, a third-round pick in 2012, tore his ACL and LCL, dislocated his kneecap and suffered nerve damage in an injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it ever really got started. Spence said in the spring that he planned to play this season, which is still a way off but you can’t run a mile without taking the first step.
“We’ll take it day by day,” Spence said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m not going to try to look into the future, I just want to master each day.”
Spence was on the physically unable to perform list, so the Steelers have three weeks to evaluate him in order to decide whether to activate him or place him on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Given the severity of the injury and length of Spence’s absence, they’ll likely use as much of that as possible before making any call about whether Spence is able to make his regular season debut this season.