Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is of course in Indianapolis this week at the NFL combine and on Thursday he gave an update on the condition of linebacker Sean Spence, who suffered a serious knee injury last preseason that forced him to sit out his rookie year.
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is in Indianapolis this week and reports via Twitter that Colbert said that there is no timetable still for a return of the Steelers third-round draft pick from last April. Dulac quoted Colbert as saying, "We have to keep our fingers crossed."
“When you have an injury of that significance, it heals at a different pace for different people," Colbert said. "He’s doing everything the doctors and trainers have asked him to do. We just hold out hope that Sean can have a successful recovery and be a Steeler because he had a successful preseason.”
At least we finally have something concrete, but this update matches what Ed Bouchette has been putting out there for some time now. Bouchette recently wrote that the Steelers coaches will not count on the Miami product in 2013.
With the Steelers already having contract talks with veteran Larry Foote, it seems inevitable that he and restricted free agent Stevenson Sylvester will be back in the fold in 2013. The inside buck position, if not addressed in free agency, will more than likely be addressed during the draft at some point.