For a while now, we have been wondering if linebacker Sean Spence would be able to make a return to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 or ever make a return at all after suffering a brutal knee injury in the final preseason game of 2012 when chasing Panthers backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Spence suffured a torn ACL, LCL, and a dislocated knee cap.
After some reports have been released and linebacker coach Keith Butler came out and said that it would be “miraculous” if Spence would ever return, fans started to lose hope. Butler’s exact quotes:
“We’re going to ride with him for another year I think,” Butler said. “Hopefully, his knee will respond, and he can play again. I don’t think he is going to be [able to do that]. It will be miraculous if he does come back. It will be miraculous if he comes back next year. We are going to take a chance on him and see if he can come back. To me, he is worth every bit of that.”
Now as the second day of rookie minicamp is underway, there is some hope coming out of Pittsburgh.
A half hour past noon, Steelers Digest reporter, Bob Labriola, tweeted that head coach Mike Tomlin disputes what Butler has said about Spence and expects the linebacker to make a full recovery.
Tomlin disputes LB coach Keith Butler’s assessment, says he expects ILB Sean Spence to make “a complete recovery.”
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) May 4, 2013
Now the question remains, if Spence is to make a recovery, then how long? That remains to be seen, but that is the best news we have heard in a long time about the second year linebacker who has yet to play a snap in the regular season. We will continue to bring you any news about Spence as it comes in. Stay tuned Steeler Nation.