Posted May 29, 2013 on AP on Fox
Sean Spence's coaches appear split over whether the linebacker's mangled left knee will be ready to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013. Spence, however, has no such concerns. ''The goal is for me to play this season,'' Spence said Wednesday during organized team activities. ''That's the way I'm preparing.'' Though he declined to mark a specific return date, Spence insists he can see the finish line for his recovery from a gruesome injury that cut short his rookie year before it even began. Spence was blitzing late in the third quarter of the team's final preseason game against Carolina when his knee gave out and bent awkwardly. The third-round pick out of Miami (Fla.) needed to be taken off the field on a stretcher after tearing all three major ligaments and sustaining extensive nerve damage in the knee. ''I knew right away that something wasn't right,'' Spence said. ''The knee went back. It didn't hurt as much as I thought it should have hurt, but I think I was in shock ...
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