Deadlines That Steelers LB Sean Spence Must Meet If He Is To Play In 2013

Now that Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Sean Spence has addressed the media about the rehab progress of his surgically repaired left knee, I wanted to give everyone a best-case scenario for him as it relates to a return to the field in 2013. Basically, these are deadlines for him to meet if he is to play this upcoming season.

Unless Spence is much further along than I think he is, he will most likely not practice at all during the offseason and will thus start training camp on the Active PUP list. Even then, I still don\’t think we\’ll see him practice or play before the start of the regular season, and that will result in him being placed on the Reserve PUP list come the start of the regular season. Once he is placed on the Reserve PUP list, Spence won\’t be allowed to practice with the team for the first six weeks of the regular season.

Come Week 7 of the regular season, a three-week window will open for Spence during which he can return to practice while not counting against the Steelers 53 man roster. In order for him to play in 2013, he must begin practicing during those three weeks. If he is unable to, he must be placed on injured reserve by the end of that third week.

Should Spence indeed wind up being able to practice during that three-week window, a second three-week window will then open for him once he begins practicing. By the end of that third week, the Steelers will have had to either placed him on their 53 man roster or on their injured reserve list.

Being as Week 9 is the real deadline for Spence to begin practicing with the team, that would mean he basically has five more months of time to recover from right now.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    What about that new Injury Reserve rule where we can bring someone back half way through the season? How could that factor into things?

  • Lamarr56

    I really hope he doesn’t rush back. My main concern is him reinjuring his knee and his career being over. He shouldn’t come back till his knee is 110%

  • Stephen Dale

    Hope his rehab is a success. But not to rush…………

  • SteelersDepot

    they wont use it on him. no need to as long as they have PUP at their disposal.

  • NW86

    That is really meant for players that get hurt in the preseason or early regular season, since they can’t use the PUP for those guys.

  • 2443scott

    sounds like a lot of fans comments are like mine dont rush come back healthy

  • Ahmad

    I just hope he doesn’t rush things. I know he wants to be on the field but he really destroyed his knee and I want it to be 100% before he comes back.

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    Hope he makes it all the way back!

  • Kevin Gobleck

    alright, thanks!

  • Amuzon12

    Thanks for these updates Dave. I don’t think there’s a single fan in Steeler Nation that doesn’t want to see Spence come back in 2013 to prove Butler wrong! What an inspiration he would be for the Steelers and the fans! It could be…dare I say…..”Rudy”-like. Wishing you the best on a full recovery Spence!!!
    Come on, chant with me……Ru-dy, Ru-dy, Ru-dy!

  • disqus_RTbWbcvnLF

    At this point, the ligament damage is not the concern, it is nerve damage. If the nerve damage didn’t heal, he would not be able to run because he would not be able to tell when his foot hit the ground, making it impossible. Spence already said he can feel his foot on the ground, which is amazing, and also means that he LIKELY will be able to recover from this.

    I personally hope that they put him on IR, because if they give him another entire season to be able to let the knee become 100%, it is what is best for the long run.

    That being said, if he can come back to 100%, it would give us Woodley, Timmons, Jones and Spence as our LB’s heading into the future. Don’t know about you, but that is pretty exciting to me!