Sean Spence to Resume Practicing, Hooray!

Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Now I know I’m the resident “Negative Nancy” of this site. And hey, I’ve always been a “glass half-empty” type of guy.

But when people who go through rough times catch a much-needed break, it always puts a smile on my face. Thankfully for Sean Spence, the sun is shining on the once-injured inside linebacker.

According to a recent article by Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers’ third round pick from the 2012 NFL Draft will be practicing next Wednesday for the first time since he suffered his gruesome knee injury during Pittsburgh’s preseason finale last August.

At least to me, it is a downright miracle that the former Miami Hurricane will be back on the field after he tore three of his knee ligaments, dislocated his knee cap, and suffered peroneal nerve damage on one fateful play. After over a year of rehab though, Spence appears ready to test his once injured knee.

Whether or not Spence will be able to return to the field this fall is still in question. According to Kaboly, the Steelers have only three weeks to decide whether or not to add him to their 53-man roster or let him finish out the year on injured reserve. As much as I would like to see the Steelers place Spence on injured reserve for precautionary reasons and then let him compete for playing time next fall, I am nevertheless intrigued to see how his knee responds over the coming weeks.

Ever the positive guy, Spence seemed happy and excited just to be giving his professional career another shot. With comments like these, it is truly hard not to root for him:

 

I know I’m going to beat the odds, … The progress I’ve made, the doctors say that I’ve already beat the odds.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • lkw

    So by them activating him this early does that mean they might try to playhim this yr? I think I read somewhere that they could have waited till Nov. To have him practice. Just curious to the significance of activating earlier vs later?

    • Dom DiTolla

      I would assume if they activate him that they would want to play him. Still, I would rather Pittsburgh’s brass err on the side of precaution and wait until next year to actually put him on the field. I mean they have nothing to lose and only recovery time for Spence to gain by that type of move.

      He will only be 24 next summer, so I’m not sure why they are in such a rush to get him back (because you’re right, they could have waited a few more weeks) unless they really believe that he can contribute now.

      Regardless of what transpires though, I’m stoked for the guy that he will at least get to give the NFL another shot.