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Sean Spence | Linebacker

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 231
College: Miami (FL)
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Steelers ILB Sean Spence is expected to be "okay" after being diagnosed with a sprained PCL.
Spence has a history of bad knee injuries, but escaped a multi-week ordeal after exiting Thursday night's preseason game. A third-round pick in the 2012 draft, Spence projects as Pittsburgh's No. 3 inside linebacker this season. Aug 23 - 5:03 PM

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Steelers ILB Sean Spence was forced from Thursday's preseason game with a right knee injury.

It's foreboding for a 2012 third-rounder who has yet to appear in a regular-season game because of knee issues, but Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the injury isn't considered serious. It's not the same knee that ruined Spence's 2012-13.
Aug 21 - 11:28 PM

Steelers ILB Sean Spence (knee) has been fully cleared and will participate in OTAs.

"He’s healthy and working," said coach Mike Tomlin. "So we can’t wait to watch him take the next step in this process, which is play football. He's been given a clean bill of health." Spence suffered a gruesome knee injury in the 2012 preseason and has yet to play an NFL down. His return would be a bonus.
May 5 - 9:50 PM

Steelers ILB Sean Spence (knee) is "significantly ahead" of where the team thought he would be at this point.

Spence wrecked his knee in the 2012 preseason. Among other things, he damaged the peroneal nerve in the knee. It caused a lack of movement and sensation in the foot and leg. The nerve has apparently regenerated, and Spence might be able to contribute in 2014. He could help replace ILB Larry Foote.
Mar 7 - 9:13 AM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said ILB Sean Spence (knee) had "one great day of practice" toward the end of last season, which gives the team hope he may play again.

Spence shredded his knee nearly as bad as humanly possible in the 2012 preseason, tearing his ACL and LCL, dislocating his kneecap and damaging the peroneal nerve in his leg. He practiced for three weeks at the end of this past season while on PUP but was eventually sent to I.R. The Steelers expect him to participate this spring and summer. Spence's career is still in serious doubt.
Feb 12 - 2:14 PM

Steelers placed ILB Sean Spence on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

Spence tore his ACL and LCL, dislocated his kneecap, and damaged the peroneal nerve in his leg in the 2012 preseason. He started the season on reserve/PUP and began practicing three weeks ago. The window to activate Spence closed and he's now being placed on I.R. He may never play again.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 03:31:00 PM

Steelers ILB Sean Spence (PUP, knee) resumed practicing Wednesday.

It was Spence's first practice since the gruesome injury he sustained during the 2012 preseason. He tore his ACL and LCL, dislocated his kneecap and damaged the peroneal nerve in his leg. It was questionable whether Spence would ever play football again. The Steelers now have three weeks to decide whether to keep him on their active roster.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 09:49:00 AM

Steelers placed ILB Sean Spence on the reserve/PUP list.

Spence tore his ACL, LCL, and dislocated his knee during the 2012 preseason. The Steelers initially feared the injury would end Spence's career, but he's "hopeful" about a 2013 late-season return. Spence was the 86th overall pick in last year's draft. He had starting-caliber potential before going down.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 07:42:00 PM

Steelers ILB Sean Spence (knee surgery) hopes to play in 2013, but isn't targeting a specific timeframe.

The Steelers are operating as if Spence won't play. "I know a lot of people have not been able to come back after damage like that, but I'm going to see if I can be one of the only ones," Spence said of the torn ACL, torn LCL and dislocated knee he suffered last preseason. "Actually, I know that I'm going to beat the odds. I'm not really worried about that." Despite his optimism, it's unlikely Spence suits up this season, making 2014 a make-or-break year for the 2012 third-rounder.
Wed, May 29, 2013 05:34:00 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin disputed LBs coach Keith Butler's assessment of ILB Sean Spence (knee surgery) and expects Spence to make "a complete recovery."

Spence is recovering from a torn ACL and LCL, dislocated knee, and nerve damage behind the knee. He'll spend 2013 on injured reserve, and try to come back in 2014. Tomlin is more optimistic than Butler about Spence's future.
Sat, May 4, 2013 12:39:00 PM

Steelers LBs coach Keith Butler says it would be "miraculous" if 2012 third-round pick Sean Spence played football again.

Spence destroyed his left knee last preseason, tearing his ACL and LCL, dislocating the knee, and suffering a damaged nerve behind the knee. GM Kevin Colbert previously called it an "unknown injury" in the sport. The Steelers do plan to carry Spence on a reserve list in 2013 to see if he can contribute by 2014.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 02:34:00 PM

Steelers ILB Sean Spence's catastrophic 2012 knee injury included a damaged peroneal nerve behind his left knee.

Spence tore his ACL and LCL, dislocated the knee, and also damaged the nerve. Players are capable of returning from major knee injuries, but Spence's recovery is wholly dependent on the nerve recovery. The Steelers have no idea when the nerve will heal. It's why GM Kevin Colbert called this an "unknown injury."
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 07:43:00 AM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert referred to ILB Sean Spence's 2012 ACL and LCL tear along with a dislocated kneecap as an "unknown injury."

The 86th pick in last year's draft, there is some question about whether Spence will play football again. "He's not recovered yet and, quite honestly, we have to keep our fingers crossed," Colbert said. "We just hold out hope Sean can have a successful recovery and be a Steeler." They can't count on him for 2013.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 12:54:00 AM

The Steelers are not counting on ILB Sean Spence (knee) making an impact in 2013.

Spence, a 2012 third-round pick, tore "multiple ligaments" in his left knee in the preseason, costing him his entire rookie year. Before the injury, Spence "looked every bit" to be Larry Foote's heir apparent next to Lawrence Timmons. The Steelers are expected to address the position again this year.
Sun, Feb 17, 2013 12:04:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette confirms rookie ILB Sean Spence has "multiple torn ligaments" in his left knee, and will miss the entire season.

He should be placed on injured reserve Friday. Pittsburgh's third-round pick suffered the gruesome-looking injury in Thursday's preseason finale. Spence was set to serve as a reserve inside linebacker and core special teamer. It's not a guarantee he'll be 100 percent for camp next summer.
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 02:49:00 PM

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