Colbert Says Steelers Are “Very Optimistic” With Progress Spence Has Made

The last update on Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence that we had included word that he was working out back in Miami at Bommarito Performance Systems. However, on Thursday at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was asked to again update Spence’s status in an interview with Alex Marvez on Sirius NFL Radio.

“Yeah, we’re very optimistic,” said Colbert of Spence. “Sean, we had a window when he was on PUP where he began to practice and he had a great first practice. Unfortunately, he broke his hand in that practice, but we saw enough in that one day to say, ‘OK, there’s a chance he can do this.’

“He did come back at the end with a club on his hand, but that was really a little unfair. You couldn’t judge him. But whether or not he can withstand a whole offseason, training camp, preseason, regular season – that is yet to be seen. But we were optimistic about the results and if you had asked me last year at the same time, I couldn’t have said that.”

As you tell from Colbert’s comments, nothing really has changed in regard to Spence. While he is still optimistic about the young linebacker being able to play again, he certainly still has a lot to prove from now through training camp.

What the Steelers do this year in the draft might shed a little light on how they really feel about the Miami product’s chances of making a full recovery. Should they draft another inside linebacker in the first three rounds, that might be a sign that they really aren’t as optimistic as they appear to be right now.

Moving forward, I don’t we will know much more about Spence’s road back from the horrible knee injury he suffered until the OTA and mini camps get underway. Until then, expect the same kind of response from Colbert when asked to give an update on him.

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  • 20Stoney

    Man, I hope he makes it back.

  • 804Stiller

    Spence and Wheaton are major X-Factors this year. If they can become solid starters, we are in good shape IMO………….

  • blackandgoldBullion

    And if a few things happen, they may be in much better shape than anyone could ever believe. Wheaton is more explosive than Sanders, so that’s a plus, provided they get their timing right and he stays healthy. Next Spence get back and can contribute, even if he is not dominant like we expected before the injury, it would still help the cause.

    Lastly, if Munchack does what I expect him to do, the run game should get going and be quite the force by 2015. Maybe they improve enough in 2014, that it takes a lot of pressure off Ben, the passing game and AB. AB and Ben don;t need to set new records, if the run game improve. They simply need to be more timely, better in the red zone, and Tomlin needs to work the clock much, MUCH better.

    These things and a decent draft would get them to challenge for the division first and foremost. Anything else would be a huge bonus.

  • steeltown

    We still have to fix the secondary. Teams in our own Division have some elite playmakers at the WR position. If we don’t spend our 1st or 2nd on a defensive back im going to flip

  • Nolrog

    Get a lot more pressure on the opposing QB . . . that will go a long way to fixing the secondary (and lack of turn overs.)

  • Douglas Andrews

    Hoping for the best for Sean. Love his no quit attitude.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Every steelers fan keep saying this but i dont see it qbs know for the most part when they are under pressure and will be quick to get the ball off but if our cbs are not turning their heads giving up ten yard cushions from line of scrimmage or jumping the route a good pass rush will not make much difference think about it the last few years with harrison and woodly pass rushing yeah we did have the number one defence but our turnovers was still one of the lowest as far as ints go.

  • dkoy85

    It really benefits us that Flacco and Dalton are the QBs. If they weren’t we would be in major trouble.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    But i hope you guys are right

  • Eric MacLaurin

    That is very true but if you are shooting for the Superbowl you need to be able to beat team when you can’t get to the qb.

    Good pass coverage is also an important part of a good pass rush.

    A cb that can shut down a good part of the field would be better than a good pass rusher.

  • cencalsteeler

    Nice post!

  • cencalsteeler

    Yes, IMO, the #1 priority. If Tanenhill can scramble and run on us, imagine if the Browns pick Manziel. The explosive plays caused by the secondarys missed tackles and the influx of top notch receivers/te’s coming into the AFC North, we need to adjust accordingly and we need to do it now.

  • westcoasteeler

    At what point do we move on. I think we’ve given Sean the benefit of lots of time to heal. It’s a nerve thing. I feel bad as I write this, but we can’t feel bad for people all the way to a championship. It just doesn’t work that way in this business.
    Here’s a scenario, we allow him to fight back, then he signs w another team.
    I was stoked when we picked him. His videos had him flying all over the field at UMiami.

  • shawn

    I expect the run game to improve for the next few years, but i agree clock management ,RZ and our 2 min offense ( actually we dont even have a 2 min offense, more like a 3 min offense) all need to be focused and much improved upon this year along with better tackling

    At this point, Im not even sure if they realise just how bad they are at clock management !

  • shawn

    We definitely need a COUPLE BALLHAWKS back there … lets hope we get a good CB,FS … also i think Cortez’s int numbers are about to jump significantly !

  • shawn

    Manziel will be a complete bust if he goes to the browns, jags or raiders … he will have no chance at all

  • shawn

    i think this will be the final year and they will be comfortable judging what he does this year … he deserves it !

  • RedCarpetDefense

    If Kyle Van Noy is there in the second rd I say we grab him. A very athletic, impact player who seems to always be around the ball…sound familiar? His play on the field suggests he can do all of what was expected of Spence.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Absolutely. That’s the way I’m leaning.

  • LayDownTheHammer

    We wish you all the best Sean, and we sincerely hope you stay with our team for a long long time. If everyone on the team, as well as the NFL, had the same amount of work ethic, passion, commitment, and drive as you do – despite your so unfortunate setback – then every team and the league would be a million times better for it. Warmest wishes for you buddy and we’re all supremely proud of you.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Is Spence the new Kim Kardashian of the Steelers? We just cant get enough of this guy, can we? Bruce Jenner, Chloe and Kim have contributed as much to the organization as Spence.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Is Spence the new Kim Kardshian of the Steelers? Kim, Chloe, and Bruce Jenner have produced about as much as this guy. Yeah… I get it!! Its a nice, heartwarming story, were all rooting for him….blah, blah, blah. Let’s just buy him a nice hallmark card and move on already.

  • 20Stoney

    I’m, more interested in the explosivness the showed than the feel good part.

  • Steel Paul

    So rooting for this guy!