Steelers LB Sean Spence Unlikely To Ever Play Again

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler delivered some real bad news on Saturday about linebacker Sean Spence, the teams third round draft pick from last year, when asked if he would be back this year.

“I don’t think he is going to be. It will be miraculous if he does come back. It will be miraculous if he comes back next year. We are going to take a chance on him and see if he can come back. To me, he is worth every bit of that.”

Butler was asked if it would be gravy if Spence every does return and his response was not surprising.

“I hope he’s gravy, said Butler. “I really do, because this kid is a great kid. He’s not only a very intelligent football player but he is going to provide some intangibles in our locker room that we desperately need, I think. We’re going to ride with him for another year I think. Hopefully his knee will respond and he can play again.”

Spence shredded his left knee last preseason against the Carolina Panthers and it is believed that he did damage to the peroneal nerve, which could cause a condition known as drop foot.

Butler really sounded down about Spence, who he believes is a very solid kid and a good football player.

  • Lamarr56

    Well this absolutely sucks. He showed some real potential.

  • nbaballer1

    he will play again. if they had no hope then they wouldnt stick with him for another year

  • walter mason

    They said Rocky Blier would never play football again after his foot injury.

  • $19122620

    I was just thinking about him today, and was really hoping to hear good news about him, so this really stinks, if true!! I just think he had a couple spots he could play. I think if he didn’t work out at ILB, he could possibly lean up even more and try to make a transition to safety. If I am not mistaken, his coverage skills was an area that he excelled at among the LB prospects coming out last year.

  • SteelerDave

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for him.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I believe he will i dunno why just in my gut. I want him to play. Steeler Nation wants him to play. He wants to plays. He is going to play!

  • mokhkw

    Horrible news & I wish him all the best. As I posted earlier when the news of this was circulating a few months ago, I’ve had peroneal nerve issues myself and from what I’ve experienced and understand about it, the chances of a full recovery are slim at best. There’s nothing harder to treat than chronically bruised & swollen nerves mainly because the swelling has no where to go and stays trapped instead of dispersing like a muscle bruise has. In the case of the peroneal nerve, it’s akin to having leg cramps on a continual basis.

    In short, if he can get back to 80% of what he was pre-injury he’ll be doing exceptionally well. Unfortunately that drop-off will likely mean he’ll never be up to NFL standards again. Here’s hoping he proves me wrong.

  • Pete

    Hoping he keeps the faith and he can make the miraculous recovery Butler mentions. Because of the blocks allowed, guys careers are ended all the time at all levels. The low blocks should be outlawed in my opinion.

  • John Hinton

    I’m pulling for Spence and pray that he comes back better than ever – miracles do happen.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Praying for ya Spence!

  • Brendon Glad

    Last year was in my top 3 for least enjoyable Steelers seasons to follow since I was 6 years old in 1977. I can handle poor seasons record-wise fairly well (especially when there are excellent blogs to vent to :-). However, a slew of serious to catastrophic injuries during a season REALLY gets me down, because since I trust the organization so much, then I usually can safely assume that I “like” the Steelers players as people too. (Even though I’ve never met them).
    I feel terrible for Sean Spence. I just hope maybe he can take something from Jerry Olsavsky (I think he’s still on staff, no?), and maybe use Olsavsky’s miraculous comeback from his obliterated knee to at least realize his dream and play NFL football for a year or hopefully more. I’m glad I didn’t see Spence’s…but I did get the misfortune of seeing Olsavsky’s. And he’s always been a player I have infinite respect for because of the way he came back from his knee and played some excellent football for a stretch after he came back. Best wishes Sean Spence.