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Health Updates On Steelers LB Sean Spence Continue To Be Doom And Gloom

I recently wrote about how the health of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence holds the key to what might happen this offseason at the inside linebacker position. After tearing up his knee last preseason there really hasn\’t been anything concrete from the Steelers organization as to how his rehab is going and whether or not he will be ready for action by the time training camp rolls around.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has made more than one reference over the last few months to Spence possibly not being counted on by the team for the 2013 season and he made yet another reference to it Tuesday on Twitter.

Bouchette was asked by a follower on the social media platform if he thought that Spence has a chance to be ready by training camp. Bouchette answered the tweet by asking the follower, “What year?”

It is hard to imagine that Bouchette would keep eluding to Spence possibly not being ready to play next year or beyond if he hadn\’t heard that from somebody within the Steelers organization or very close to the situation. He likely can\’t be specific on the subject because he was asked not to. I can respect that and you should to.

Veteran inside linebacker Larry Foote, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, said Tuesday in an interview on 93.7 The Fan that his agent has already talked to the Steelers about re-signing and that the hold up right now is money. Fellow inside linebacker Stevenson Sylvester is a restricted free agent this offseason, and while not guaranteed, is expected to be tendered at the low original round level.

The Steelers might also address the inside linebacker position at some point during the upcoming 2013 NFL draft. If they do, and if both Foote and Sylvester are retained, that would be an even further indictment that Spence is not expected to contribute much, if any, in 2013.

General manager Kevin Colbert will be making the media rounds later this week at the NFL combine and the hope is that one of the members of the media puts him on the spot about Spence and his recovery. Even if they do there is no guarantee that Colbert will give a straight forward response as it could possibly tip the draft plans as far as a position of need that the team hopes to fill.

At this point we know about as much about the condition of Spence as we did since he went down injured. The doom and gloom constantly being pushed out Bouchette certainly can\’t have anyone feeling optimistic at this point. I know I certainly am not.

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  • steeltown

    So, I cant seem to remember a similar situation in recent years, where a player was injured for a long period of time, spanning season to season… would Spence just be placed on IR at the start of training camp if they deem him not fit to play in 2013.. or is the PUP a possibility?

  • SteelersDepot

    It is way too early to tell right now, but judging by what Bouchette is putting out there I would be surprised if he didn’t begin camp on ACTIVE PUP. If not ready by the start of the season he would then be moved to the RESERVE PUP list if they thought there was a chance that he could contrubute later on in the season.

  • steeltown

    So, on reserve PUP.. he cant practice but he can participate in all other Team functions at the facility, like film study and training etc.? Where as on IR he cant be with the Team…?

  • Jollyrob68

    Yes, he would continue his rehabbing. I say if he’s going to miss the entire season then move him to Safety so he is in that room learning from Lake, Clark & Polomalou.

  • Jollyrob68

    If he’s going to miss The season they should have him learn The Safeties position. Prepare him for the future and draft an Ilb & sign Erin Henderson or Larry Grant.

  • steeltown

    Back in April 2012, after he was drafted, there was alot of talk about his size and possible move to SS, but Mark Kaboly asked that exact thing and he was told that Spence was not a prospect to move to Strong Safety and that he was in fact going to be asked to gain weight, instead of lose weight like he would need to play Safety

  • Clint Martin

    What? He runs a 4.7 40 and weighs 230-240lb and you want him playing safety in the NFL Thats a good one.

  • grw1960

    Bouchette has often been known for his vague answers.
    And I still believe we will after the draft when the Steelers do the player position interviews. We will get some info on Spence’s recovery status.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Sure, when they move Polomalu to outside linebacker to solve outside LB & move Ben to tight end. Of course its only been a year since Steelers answered that about Spence. And since Spence 4.7 speed didnt have safety speed before, then a year of resting with destroyed knee will make Spence faster enuff for safety.

  • steeltown

    He plays faster than his 4.66 40time and he actually had a very good 3cone drill time which shows his quickness… but yes at 230lbs he is nowhere near Safety weight. I tend to think anything over 215lbs is way too heavy for a DB (200-210lbs is the perfect DB weight)

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  • steeltown

    Agreed.. especially if an ILB is drafted.. Spence’s status will come into question when Butler is explaining the selection

  • Superdriller316

    One report I’ve read, they listed him at 225lb and his fastest 40 was 4.46. If he’s as smart as they say he is it might be a good move. He plays like Troy and I’m sure he will loose a step or two, so make him an inside the box safety. We are still going to have to draft an ILB and a smart one who may need to start from the get go. I know we don’t do that, but what other options do we have? Re-sign Foote that’s it. We can get OLB depth in the 3rd with Porter. Jones is to big of a risk, and it’s been reported that he doesn’t like to work out. We don’t need 2 lazy OLB’s

  • steeltown

    I’m almost certain that Foote is given a 1yr deal.. however I still think they’ll draft an ILB who will backup Foote initially.. with hopes of starting by seasons end or in 2014

  • Superdriller316

    Yeah, we are going to need his experience and hopefully he can teach the next youngster quickly

  • Intropy

    I hope Butler’s response is, “Teo’ is the best ILB prospect to come out of the draft in years. We stole him half way through the second round because people were concerned over some prank phone calls? I’ll worry about the football and let the media worry about the gossip.”

  • Clint Martin

    He isn’t running no 4.46 40 now that is for sure. I think his speed and lack of strength is good for the Mack position behind Timmons or on a 4-3 defense he can flow to the ball. But safety nah draft a player that has experience playing the position.

  • Clint Martin

    Good response nailed it!

  • Superdriller316

    They still need a Buck, and your not going to find a good one late in the draft. It needs to be in the first 2 rounds. It’s time we break the rules and start a rookie

  • CW

    Looks more and more likely that the Steelers will draft someone like Kevin Minter in the first who already has experience as a play caller on defense and has the brains to figure out the Buck position. Figure that the Steelers either bring back Foote for a one year contract and train Minter to take his place or someone similar from another team on a short contract.

    Spence wasn’t a bad pick as he would have been very good as a special teams player and probably a solid backup at inside linebacker without the injury, but he might end up like Johnny Knox did for the Bears. Career ending injury.

  • Clint Martin

    You are right, Unless Sylvester is healthy and they plan on finally giving him a shot.or Brian Rolle just got picked up he played a full season for the eagles 2011 5’10” 240lbs a tad short yet doesn’t shy away from contact ran a 4.56 40 28 reps on the bench ok ok he is probably just a special teams player.

  • walter mason

    He weighs 230-240 now?

  • markthom

    The plan from Coach Butler was for him to backup Timmons. Sylvester and Foote were playing for the Buck LB. Sylvester tore his MCL in preseason and Foote locked down the starting job plus he played next to Farrior and was play caller whenever Farrior was out.

  • markthom

    Spence was a good pick we needed depth at the position he played it and dominated at Miami so how was it a bad pick. They drafted Spence with the intention to use him as Timmons backup and also for coverage using 3 LB’s and 3 downline man and more DB’s for coverage

  • steeltown

    I dont see Sly at the BUCK position, Sly is nothing more than a MACK backup to Timmons in my humble opinion.

    Might not matter though, even if Foote and Sly are back this season, I dont see either of them on roster in 2014, I think Brian Rolle will secure one backup spot and then of course the eventual draft pick

  • CW

    I never said Spence was a bad pick. I responded to others calling it a bad pick.

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