Steelers “can’t wait to watch” Sean Spence play football

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The Steelers got linebacker Sean Spence back at practice for a few weeks last fall, a significant step forward for a player who had not been on a field since a catastrophic knee injury in the 2012 preseason.

Spence went back on injured reserve to end the season, but that didn’t slow the momentum of his comeback too much. Spence has been given full medical clearance to participate in OTAs, minicamp and training camp, leaving coach Mike Tomlin to say that the team “can’t wait to watch him take the next step in this process, which is play football.” Tomlin also said that he didn’t think the 2012 third-round pick would be starting from square one despite his extended absence from the lineup.

“I don’t think that we’ll start from scratch,” Tomlin said, via the team’s website. “These haven’t been empty days for him since he’s been here with the rehabilitation process and what he’s been able to do in terms of learning our system of football. I’m not going to assume that he’s starting from ground zero. I think that’s to be determined with how he performs and plays, but he’s been given a clean bill of health and we’ll go from there.”

Spence’s return to the field in any capacity is a major achievement given the severity of tearing your ACL and LCL, dislocating your kneecap and suffering nerve damage in your first summer as an NFL player. If he’s able to become a contributor on defense as well it would be an unexpected bonus for the Steelers.

10 responses to “Steelers “can’t wait to watch” Sean Spence play football

  1. That was a devastating injury Spence suffered, it’s taken him almost two full years to come back and he’s worked very hard to get there. His is the kind of story everyone should cheer for, regardless of what team you cheer for. He doesn’t need to start, just to be a quality contributor. Good for him and I have nothing but the best of wishes and hopes for him.

  2. The Steelers have two young guys with good potential in Sean Spence and Victor Williams.. I’m excited to see this guy finally get a chance to compete.

  3. It’s great that Sean Spence has worked so hard to get back, and that the Steelers have stuck with him and given him the opportunity. He looked very good as a rookie until the injury. That being said, this is likely the make-or-break year for him to show that he’s finally healthy again, and can help the team. Best of luck to him.

  4. It would be a true blessing for Sean Spence to be able to play in the NFL, by all accounts he has earned it.

    As for the Steelers, if Spence is for real, depth at ILB is very welcome, as is another young defender. I watched a piece about Spence’s return on ESPN with Jeff Saturday, who has always been portrayed as very intelligent. Wow. All he could talk about was how the defence because it is so old, the oldest in football. Really. Only two guys over thirty that I know of, Polamalu and Taylor. If anything, I feel like they are too young, especially on the D line and OLBs.

    I am so looking forward to seeing some football and especially watching when we are not digging out of an 0 and 4 start.

  5. Hats off to him for even making it this far – many guys probably would have hung it up after such a devastating injury, but Spence worked like a mad man to rehab.

    He’s a very determined, high-quality individual and nothing would make me happier than to see him back playing with the Steelers.

  6. I can’t wait to see him play. Don’t forget about Nick Williams as well; the Steelers were liking what they saw in him before he went down, especially for a 7th rounder. It’s like a draft bonus when multiple young players are returning from injury from the previous season.

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