Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin held their annual pre draft press conference on Monday and during it they were asked to update the status of inside linebacker Sean Spence, who is still trying to battle back from a serious knee injury suffered in the 2012 preseason finale.
“He’s healthy and working, so we cant wait, obviously, to watch him take the next step in this process which is obviously play football,” said Tomlin.
Even though Spence hasn’t played since injuring his knee, Tomlin doesn’t think they are starting over with him.
“I don’t think were starting from scratch,” said Tomlin of Spence. “These haven’t been empty days for him since he’s been here with the rehabilitation process and what he’s been able to do in terms of learning our system of football. I’m not going to assume that he’s starting from ground zero, no.”
Tomlin says he’s not sure yet whether or not Spence’s knee is back to where it was prior to the injury, however.
“I think that’s yet to be determined with how he performs and plays, but he’s been given a clean bill of heath and we’ll go from there,” he said.
Spence was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Miami.