Mike Tomlin Says Sean Spence Decision Has Yet To Be Made

The Pittsburgh Steelers now have less than 24 hours to make the decision on whether or not second-year linebacker Sean Spence will be part of the 53 man roster for the remainder of season and as of Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin said during his press conference that a final decision hasn’t been made as to his status.

“He did some good things [last week in practice] and we’ll put our heads together at the appropriate time and make that decision,” said Tomlin of Spence. “I think we have until four o’clock or so tomorrow. That discussion hasn’t been had yet and will be had very soon. But I like his growth in his play, but we’ll see where that takes us.”

Spence’s three week window is now closing after returning to practice in Week 7 and the Steelers now must decide where he is exactly from a health standpoint as he looks to make it all the way back after suffering a serious knee injury during the 2012 preseason finale. If he is not placed back on the 53 man roster, he must be put on injured reserve or waived outright.

During his first week, the Miami product suffered a hand injury of some sorts, but by the sounds of things, he is back practicing in some capacity.

  • steeltown

    If there are signs that point to Vince Williams being ok tomorrow afternoon I could see them releasing either Sly or Wilson to make room for Spence

  • Berlusconi

    I hope Spence gets a chance this year.
    Maybe he is part of the solution for the Steelers problems on defense, not now but hopefully next year or the year after that. Although i have high hopes vor V.Williams, you can never have enough talented Linebackers and Spence certainly brings a different skill-set to the Steelers than Williams.

  • Eric

    If Spence can play, let him. We have nothing to lose but Curtis Brown who is not playing. Miami products Spence and Van Dyke back together, speeding to the ball carrier. I like it!

  • Eric

    I think he has already practiced, even after the finger injury.

  • Eric

    Spece returning could be an emotional lift that nothing else could provide.

  • HarryBackside

    If they haven’t made a decision by now, then Spence is getting placed on IR.

  • steeltown

    He did I think, but mostly drills and limited participation I believe

  • Alan Felicia

    Sink or swim. If shows promise, keep him in the roster. If not, cut him lose. He’s coming off major surgery and its not like teams will be fighting over him.

  • Bob

    If he can practice more-or-less fully, he should be placed on the 53 so he can get up to speed for next year. This year is shot anyway. May as well see what we’ve got with Spence, even if he only is ready to suit up for 2 or 3 games. We should be getting as many snaps as possible for the young guys.

  • DoctorNoah

    I like that thought but I think that, since he’s been practicing for three weeks, his appearance on the field is an emotional lift only to the fans who follow closely enough to care. I don’t think it will do much for the players, nor for the large portion of Steelers Nation who don’t quite keep track of the 53-man roster

  • Chris Wilkes

    C’mon, we need some good news! I hope he’s healthy enough to make it.

  • JohnnyV1

    I’d rather have him than CB Brown, even if Spence doesn’t dress or play, rather have him.

  • Virdin Barzey

    On a wasted season, what else is there to decide? If he’s healthy let him go play otherwise shut him down

  • gene mann

    If he not going to play they should Ir and lethim continue his rehab

  • SumnerYoung

    I hope Spence returns and plays well. We desperately need some positivity. I do believe there are a handful of positives though at the midseason point, although there are many more negatives.

    1) Other than the hit on Pouncey, Dave Decastro looks like a perennial pro-bowler in the making. When Pouncey returns next year we could have two excellent young core players on our interior line. Add a top-tier left tackle and we may finally be on to something on the O-line.
    2) Antonio Brown looks to be an excellent #2 WR, and a very good weapon for years to come. I kind of think of him as a poor man’s Steve Smith from Carolina. I don’t think he has the leaping ability or raw power that Smith had, although, pound for pound I think Brown has some power. I’d love to see a big, fluid, athletic receiver opposite Brown. Sammy Watkins perhaps?!?!
    3) Le’Veon Bell has been pretty solid for a rookie. I assume he will get better and be a productive and very good running back for the next 6-8 years. Good runner and receiver and is pretty good at pass blocking already. He has a lot of potential. It’d be nice to match him with a speed back, but please don’t draft a puny back like Chris Rainey again. What a joke that was.
    4) Cam Heyward will be a cornerstone on our DL for years. Very athletic with a high motor and good instincts. High character too. They need to extend him this offseason to a long term deal. I’d love to see a big run-stuffing nose tackle playing next to him though. Any NT’s worth a shot in the 2014 draft?
    5) Inside Linebackers – I think Timmons and Vince Williams are good players and they are both young. They need a big dominant NT playing in front of them so they can utilize their speed and aggressiveness more. Again, 2014 draft for a elite NT?
    6) Finally, Shamarko Thomas. Lots of speed, instincts, and a great tackler which is good for a safety. Great pick for fourth round value.

    What do y’all think?

  • Don’t think he plays until 2014 but they have time they don’t have to rush

  • srdan

    Well said. Also we need vocal leaders. Everything I have read makes me believe that he can offer that.

  • srdan

    I fully agree. But it is easier for you and I to sit here and say that when we are not coaching for our jobs in some cases. But maybe that decision comes from the top.

  • Chad H

    Mike Tomlin has not made a decision for what to have for breakfast yesterday.

  • TheBlitz

    Elite NT ? Louis Nix. I’ve heard his name thrown around for best NT prospect in this class

  • SumnerYoung

    Yes, by all accounts Nix is the guy in the 2014 Draft. He is a massive young man who is very athletic for his size. But how many stud defensive players has Notre Dame produced in the last ten years? I’m not saying Nix couldn’t be a great NFL player, I’m just asking the question. I remember watching him play in the National Championship game against Alabama. The ND D-line was thoroughly dominated by a great Alabama O-line. Nix was awful in that game, and during the continued domination, he may have given up. These are the types of O-lines Nix will see week after week in the NFL.

  • Ben said on his show he had rack of Steelers

  • Josh Knepshield

    How do you suppose we get a top tier left tackle AND sammy watkins. Not possible

  • SumnerYoung

    I never suggested it was possible. I was simply putting draft ideas out there. With a top ten pick I believe a decision will be made between LT, WR, or NT. Offensive Line and Receiver are supposed to be strengths of the u

  • SumnerYoung

    And it depends on what they do in free agency prior to the draft, which isn’t usually much.

  • Josh Knepshield

    My bad. I misunderstood, yeah this draft is pretty deep though

  • SumnerYoung

    Josh, assuming we have a top ten pick, or even a top five, what position or player would you select?

  • Josh Knepshield

    Offensive tackle Jake Matthews.