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Health Updates On Steelers LB Sean Spence Continue To Be Doom And Gloom

I recently wrote about how the health of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence holds the key to what might happen this offseason at the inside linebacker position. After tearing up his knee last preseason there really hasn't been anything concrete from the Steelers organization as to how his rehab is going and whether or not he will be ready f...

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Steelers’ Sean Spence exits with ugly leg injury


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For the second consecutive preseason game, the Steelers have lost one of their draft picks to an ugly leg injury. In tonight’s preseason finale, linebacker Sean Spence, the Steelers’ third-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, was carted off the field after he suffered what appeared to be a serious left leg injury. Spence’s l...

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Sean Spence is believed to have torn ACL, LCL, dislocated kneecap

That ugly knee injury suffered by Steelers rookie linebacker Sean Spence has generated an understandably serious initial diagnosis. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Spence is believed to have a torn ACL, torn LCL, and dislocated kneecap. Spence, a third-round pick from Miami, undoubtedly is headed to injured reserve.  Hopefully, it...

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Steelers Rookie LB Sean Spence Carted Off With Serious Leg Injury

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Sean Spence has been carted off with what looks like a serious left leg or knee injury late in the third quarter of the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.
Spence stayed on the ground in pain after his leg caught in the torn up turf of Heinz Field. The team doctors put an air cast on his leg prior to ...

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Sean Spence serious knee injury; Curtis Brown, Robert Golden also injured in Steelers preseason finale

It’s something that nobody wants to see, it’s what you dread as a coach and what makes you cringe as a fan. In the Steelers preseason win, 17-16, over the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field, both rookie Sean Spence and 2nd year CB Curtis Brown left the game with knee injuries.
Curtis Brown went out in the first half and did not return. Th...

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Sean Spence Injury: Steelers LB Reported To Have Torn ACL, LCL and Dislocated Knee Cap


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Sean Spence Injury: Rookie LB Hurts Knee In Third Quarter of Steelers Vs. Panthers

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Jim Colony Chats With Maurkice Pouncey, Antonio Brown & Sean Kugler


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(Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)With Steelers training camp coming to a close, 93.7 The Fan's Jim Colony sat down for another edition of "In De...

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Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Competition: ILBs Stevenson Sylvester vs. Sean Spence

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 19:  Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets is tackled by Stevenson Sylvester #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 19 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

We liked what we heard from Stevenson Sylvester in the interview we did with him this spring. Part of it was about his focus. In losing captain and longtime starter James Farrior, leadership will be lacking on the defensive side of the ball. Sylvester heads into training camp as the back-up to starting buck inside linebacker Larry Foote, and could find himself in a starting role at some point.

He's going to have to look both up at Foote and down at rookie Sean Spence, who was said to have looked pretty good at the buck position during OTAs and minicamps.

The Steelers drafted Spence, saying he would be groomed to play the mack linebacker spot, behind starter Lawrence Timmons. As any smart staff would do, though, they used him in a few different roles, but they saw enough to suggest Spence could potentially play what's more commonly seem as a strong-side, gap-filling buck instead of the flow-to-the-ball mack spot.

Sylvester has been with the team for the last three years, getting his first start last year against New England. While Sylvester didn't look his best during that game, he played a good number of snaps in Week 9 against Baltimore, and held his own a bit more.

It's difficult to see Foote being replaced any time soon. His experience in the defense is a critical component to the position. It is responsible for pre-snap adjustments and communication with the other 10 defenders on the field. While Sylvester continues to learn those nuances, the battle between he and Spence will come more in sub-package possibilities. Spence is the better athlete of the two, but is smaller and has far less experience in the terminology of the defense and the players around him.

Spence's skill is really in coverage, and his size almost suggests he's a really large safety as opposed to even a weakside linebacker. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin loves athletes, and the selection of Spence, not to mention the selection of Timmons (his first-ever draft pick in 2007), another smaller but insanely athletic linebacker, confirms that.

As far as the nickel package goes, Foote was off the field in that spot last year. Both Sylvester and Spence are faster than Foote is, and the competition between the two will most likely come on passing downs, when the distinction between mack and buck grays a bit.

Seeing the two of them do battle will probably bleed from camp into the season, and could even extend to next season, when Foote likely will not be back in a Steelers uniform.

Odds favor Sylvester by a bit at this point, but it's hard to keep a good athlete off the field. Spence could see time this year in specialty situations.



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