Pittsburgh Steelers second-year linebacker Sean Spence will not return to action this season as the team announced Wednesday that he has been placed on the injured reserve list.
The three week window for Spence closed today and obviously the young linebacker is disappointed he isn't able to return this season.
“There was frustration at first because I worked so hard to get to this point, all offseason, during spring ball and in camp and now I am back in the same predicament,” said Spence in an interview with steelers.com. “There is some disappointment, some letdown, but there is a reason to rejoice.”
Spence suffered damage to his peroneal nerve when he tore up his left knee during the 2012 preseason finale and that is a devastating injury to try to overcome.
As of right now, you still have to wonder if Spence will eventually be able to make it back. The Steelers did not waive him, so he will be able to continue his rehab with the team and work towards showing up at OTAs fully recovered. In the meantime, the Miami product will not be allowed to practice with the team, but he will still be allowed to sit in on meetings.
Spence is under contract through the 2015 season.