Report: Steelers Rookie LB Sean Spence Will Miss Season With Multiple Torn Knee Ligaments

The news is exactly what we all feared it would be as Gerry Dulac of Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports Friday via Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Sean Spence tore multiple ligaments in his left knee and as result he will miss the entire 2012 season.

Spence suffered the injury late in the third quarter of the Steelers 17-16 preseason win Thursday night over the Carolina Panthers while chasing quarterback Jimmy Clausen out of the pocket. After suffering the injury the Steelers team doctors were forced to put the injured left knee in a full air cast prior to carting him off the field.

The University of Miami product was the Steelers third round draft pick this past April and looked to be a major contributor during his rookie season on special teams. He was also going to be the backup MACK linebacker on defense and had played well during the preseason as he showed his great ability to move sideline to sideline.

There is no word yet on when Spence will undergo surgery, but it figures to be soon. The Steelers will place him on inured reserve later today as the team needs to cut their roster down to 53 players by 9 p.m. eastern time on Friday.

Spence faces at least a 7-9 month rehab process, but he figures to be ready for training camp next year if everything goes as planned.

  • musicmano

    Hi Dave, I am worried Spences injury has just regulated him at best a journeyman, instead a stud with great sideline to sideline speed. How do you feel about this concern?

  • Koleman Dudek

    He is young, 22 years of age, he should be able to make a full recovery. The medical staff and rehabilitation process has came a long way. If he can stay mentally tough, he will make a full recovery.

  • kristopher Fine

    Doug, I know I’m not Dave. I wouldn’t be too worried about this. He’s young and he will heal. He’s got the best surgeons and the best rehab facilities. With today’s medical technology he’ll be fine physically. Will he get through this mentally? that is the question.

  • SteelerDave

    I really liked Spence from the day he was drafted. He has excellent instincts and had the potential to be a future Mack all-pro bumping Timmons to Buck after Foot retires.

    This injury is devastating but he should make a full recovery and be back with us next season. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.

  • musicmano

    thanks guys for all your input, im with you i thought Spence was a great pick up, with the evolution of the offense(tight ends)

  • alex

    ouch, another blown knee…gotta hate that, but i have just two words…

    BARRON BATCH….learn from this 7th rounder, learn and focus for next year gents…