Sean Spence starting for Steelers with Ryan Shazier out

AP

Steelers fans will have to wait for their first look at first-round pick Ryan Shazier in game action.

Shazier was bothered by a knee injury in practice last week and the Steelers announced that he won’t play against the Giants on Saturday night. There haven’t been any signs from the Steelers that they are terribly worried about Shazier, who looks set for a big enough role that risking further injury in a preseason game doesn’t make much sense.

Shazier’s absence opens the door for the next step in Sean Spence’s remarkable comeback from a severe knee injury suffered in the 2012 preseason. Spence has been rehabbing since suffering an injury that could have ended his career and all that work will pay off with a start at linebacker in Shazier’s place.

It’s not Shazier, but it’s not bad for an August Saturday night.