Steelers LB Sean Spence Hard At Work Training In Miami

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence wasn’t able to make back in 2013 from the serious knee injury that he suffered during the final preseason game of his rookie year, but the young Miami product is currently hard at work preparing for the 2014 season.

This past week, Spence, who was drafted by the Steelers in the third-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, was spotted working out at Bommarito Performance Systems back home in Miami. Spence has trained at the facility for a few years now, so that isn’t a surprise.

On Wednesday of this past week, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert talked to the Pittsburgh media about Spence, who spent the first half of the 2013 season on the Reserve PUP list prior to being placed on injured reserve for a second straight season.

“We had one great day of practice last fall that was very exciting for us and exciting for him,” said Colbert. “Unfortunately, he broke his hand that same day. Maybe it was a blessing. Maybe that small sample he gave us was enough to get to show that he can be fully recovered from this injury. Whether or not he can sustain it through an offseason, a training camp, a preseason and a regular season, we don’t know.”

Spence’s biggest obstacle has been overcoming the peroneal nerve damage that he suffered when he tore the ligaments in his knee. That injury can often lead to condition known as “foot drop”, which is the inability to lift the front part of the foot. In addition, returning to the field after being out of football for two full years is something that very few NFL players have been able to do.

Colbert went on to say that while there is still a possibility that Spence could be in the mix next season, they aren’t ready to say he is over the hump just yet.

“Based on what he showed us with that one day of practice, we are very encouraged with where he is right now,” said Colbert.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I am praying that he can make it all the way back. Perhaps he can be a decent player, maybe a back-up or special teams ace. And he really reminded me of the old-style hard-hitting Steelers of days gone by. I would love to see him move laterally as well as he used to, because that will be the big difference.

    We’re rooting for you, Sean. Imagine Sean at his best and Timmons in the middle.

  • Chad H

    I hope you are back Sean and playing at a high level.

  • Callentown

    Fingers crossed for you Sean Spence!

  • Patrick Reid

    Was so,so excited when we drafted this guy. Nothing but prayers and well wishes for a complete recovery and return to the gridiron! We need you bro!!!

  • dgh57

    I think it was a good idea not to bring him back mid-season coming off such a serious knee injury. Now he can take his return slowly and gradually work his way through first the OTAs, and the by Training Camp take in up another level, and then by the preseason games maybe he’ll be good to go on the playing field and not feel like there’s any hurry doing so. Coming back mid-season may of made Spence feel like he needed to hurry things which could of had unpleasant side effects. Best of luck to you Sean Spence!

  • Douglas Andrews

    If anyone can return from such a nasty knee injury it’s Spence. This guy has the right attitude. Hoping he makes a full recovery and he’s ready by training camp

  • Jacob Dixon

    I’m glad he stayed Postive

  • 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.

  • Johnny Loose

    long way to go before he earns a game day hat, but everything reported about him has been positive so he has as much of a shot as anyone could in his circumstance. He was a sick athlete in college, definitely pulling for him.