Steelers Will Have To Decide 2013 Fate Of LB Sean Spence Before Next Week

All eyes will be on Pittsburgh Steelers second-year linebacker Sean Spence this week as the team must make a decision as to his 2013 status before Week 10.

Spence, who injured a hand upon his return to the practice field in Week 7, must be placed on the 53 man roster, waived, or put on injured reserve due to the rules of the PUP list being as the three week window opened for him once he began practicing.

During his Tuesday press conference, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was not asked about Spence, so we will have to wait and see if any news comes out this week from the media as to whether or not he is back participating.

The Steelers could easily find a spot for Spence on the 53 man roster even if he might be a few weeks away still from being able to contribute as the team could waive linebacker Kion Wilson once again. Wilson, who was promoted back to the 53 man roster last week from the practice squad, was one of the seven inactives this past Sunday in the loss to the Oakland Raiders.

  • steeltown

    Even if he’s not ready for a few weeks, even if he cant play in any games, they should activate him to the 53man so that he can practice with the Team when he is ready to return. We need to see where he’s at and gauge whether he even has a future in Football before next season so that we can build our roster accordingly

  • T R

    Yeah especially this year.. let him take Curtis Brown place, cause clearly Curtis is not going nowhere with us..

  • steeltown

    Yea I sure hope they trim some fat after this season

  • Chad H

    Either Brown or Chris Carter

  • Eric

    trim? You mean slaughter.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    They should put him on the roster to maximize his practice time. Moving him to the active 53 also should save a little cap money when someone is let go.

  • JohnnyV1

    Agree, add him to the 53!

  • Alan Felicia

    Here’s the cold hard fact, maybe, just maybe, Spence is not ready to play. Heath Miller came back 9 months from the same injury. Although not nearly 90-100%, he’s been productive plus his what 10 years older. This kid took over 13 months. To me, this is a red flag when a younger player doesn’t bounce back as quickly as other players (Petersen, Welker, Miller, Hampton, to name a few).
    Its a nice story but if he’s not productive on the practice field, cut him or put him on the IR.

  • steeltown

    Well first off, it was a different injury (injuries) than that of Peterson or Miller etc. Spence tore two ligaments, dislocated his kneecap and sustained extensive nerve damage. The nerve damage is the hard part of this recovery and may be the reason that he never plays again.

    But we’re in agreement, I think, he has to be added tot he 53man to practice in order for us to gauge where he is at physically

  • treeher

    OK, I will say it since nobody else is. I don’t get this over-the-top focus on Sean Spence. People act as if he will be the second coming if he’s healthy enough to play. Yes, he had a good college career and he looked good in last year’s pre-season, but you can say the same for literally dozens of players who have gone by the wayside. I’m not dissing him … I just am not part of the mania that has grown up around this guy. After all, he was a third rounder and has never played one snap in regular season play.


    I think a big part of the mania as you termed it, is more empathy than anything else, especially for those who actually saw the injury occur.

    Your 3rd round comment I’m not understanding though…that pick is normally among the top 100 players picked in any given draft…you can’t afford to blow too any of those either.

  • Alan Felicia

    No, if he’s as useless as Terry Hawthorne, best thing to do is cut him loose or place him on IR. Perhaps Spence need more rehab to regain strength on that knee.
    It looks like your a big fan of Spence, but, if you’re in Tomlin’s shoes, you need to think what’s best for the team. And having Spenc on the 53 is Not what’s best.

  • SteelersDepot

    Had they not thought he was ready to participate, they had three weeks more to sit him under the rules of the PUP before opening up the 3 week window.

  • treeher

    Just adding the perspective that he is not a first rounder with the expectation (hope) of guaranteed success.

  • SteelersDepot

    So rooting for a guy to make it back to the field so the team can see what they have in him is mania? GOTCHA. Why does the round matter? Congrats, you have won the most ignorant comment of the day.

  • treeher

    I knew this was coming even though I tried to head it off. The Mania is in people thinking he’s gonna magically cure what ails us. That’s completely different from rooting for the guy’s return which of course I do.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    good point. Brown will be done at the end of the year regardless. Might as well see if Spence can play some football.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I actually agree with this.

  • Some people are just plain ignorant

  • mlc43

    I guess I’m having a hard time agreeing with you because you in no way understood his injury.

  • How do you know that?

  • IT was not the same injury

    Sean Spence’s injury-Steelers rookie linebacker Sean Spence will reportedly miss all of 2012 after suffering a torn ACL and LCL along with a dislocated kneecap plus nerve damage (Tore up his entire knee)

    Miller, a prime candidate for the Pro Bowl and team MVP, tore anterior
    cruciate and medial collateral ligaments on Sunday. He also has a
    possible tear in his posterior cruciate ligament (Torn ACL)

    Thank You for your profound medical opinion

    Dr. Nick Riviera Hi Everybody

  • You and me both

  • steeltown

    We’re 2-5 at the moment, all is not lost, but we might as well put Spence on the 53man and let him practice to see if he’ll ever perform at the highest levels again. At the moment we have guys like C.Brown and Sylvestor and Blake and Green etc on roster yes some of these guys contribute on special teams but I’d rather see if we could have a potential starter in our midst