Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Sean Spence was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft. Spence played linebacker at the University of Miami where he had a tremendous career that including being named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008. Spence suffered a severe knee injury in his 4th preseason game of 2012. He was unable to play the entire 2012 season due to that injury. This was highly disappointing, as Spence led the team with 14 tackles over the course of the 4 preseason games and was showing major signs of being a promising player. Spence damaged 3 ligaments in his knee and had to undergo major surgery to repair them. Along with the ligament damage the peroneal nerve that is located behind the knee was also damaged; this was more serious than the damage done to the ligaments and requires a very specific, gentle healing process. Despite the devastating injury, Spence has been working very hard to get himself healthy in an effort to return to the field as quickly as possible. Spence has been limited when it comes the physical play but has been flexing his mental muscles. Spence has been studying Dick LeBeaeu’s defense for quite some time and has attended practices to observe his fellow teammates. Spence claims to have regained some of his speed and has told the media he’s been making cuts on his damaged knee as well. Spence also believes that he can return to the field by midseason. Keith Butler, Steelers’ linebackers coach has a different opinion and believes that it would be nothing short of a miracle for Spence to return this season. Head coach Mike Tomlin never gave a full fledged answer on when he thought Spence would return but expects him to make a full recovery. The Steelers will carry Spence with them on the injured reserve list and will continue to evaluate his knee over the course of the season. If all goes well, perhaps Spence will see the field this season. Spence told the media “I’m humbled by the situation and I’m just going to continue moving forward.” A humbling attitude along with a fierce work ethic are the key components to devising and following through with a major comeback. It truly is discouraging to see something like this happen to a player who has a lot of potential. However, it’s also extremely inspiring to watch a player who has been knocked down, rise up and come back swinging. Hopefully this will be the case with Spence and we as fans can witness the comeback and be their to cheer him on every step of the way.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Report: Scott Skiles frontrunner for Magic coaching job

Shanahan: injuries are not why Robert Griffin III struggles

Kyle Korver ruled out for remainder of playoffs

Randy Moss attends cancer survivor's graduation

Roger Staubach shares thoughts on Greg Hardy

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

PHOTOS: Gigantic sinkhole at Jack Nicklaus golf course

WATCH: Memphis player catches defense sleeping, scores

WATCH: Astros turn around-the-horn triple play

French Open Women's preview: Who will make the quarters?

WATCH: Bryan Price gets ejected before game starts

WATCH: Vin Scully narrates fan's marriage proposal

WATCH: Harper, Matt Williams have special handshake

The Yankees are succeeding despite the numbers

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Here come the Giants

Aaron Hernandez got new tattoo in prison

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.