Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 8/31/12

This is not a good year to be a Steelers rookie. 1st round selection David DeCastro tore his MCL last week and 3rd round selection Sean Spence tore his ACL, LCL, and dislocated his kneecap in the Steelers’ final preseason game. Unlikely DeCastro, who will be kept on the roster in hopes of playing in December and later, Spence looks like an obvious candidate for IR, which means we won’t see him at all today.

What originally looked like a very strong draft class for the Steelers has taken some hits. DeCastro and Spence have been hurt, while 2nd round pick Mike Adams really struggled on the blindside this preseason. DeCastro should be fine long term, but Spence is an undersized player at 5-11 231, so he can’t afford to lose any speed. A favorite of mine during draft season for his speed, coverage abilities, and hustle, Spence was ticketed for a big special teams role as a rookie and could have emerged as a coverage linebacker later in the season. With marginal starting middle linebacker Larry Foote heading into his age 33 season in 2013, middle linebacker will be a primary need of the Steelers’ this offseason.

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