Sean Spence practiced with the Steelers for the first time in 14 months

Steelers linebacker Sean Spence practiced for the first time in over a year after suffering a horrific knee injury last season.

“We’ll take it day by day,” said Spence, who came off the physically unable to perform list via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m not going to try to look into the future, I just want to master each day.”

Spence is still optimistic that he’ll be able to come back from an injury that could end his career.

Spence looked like a rookie with a good future, impressing everyone with his play through the 2012 preseason after the Steelers drafted him in the third round from Miami.

But in that fourth preseason game, his left knee was damaged nearly beyond repair. The anterior collateral and lateral collateral ligaments were torn, the kneecap was dislocated and, most importantly, the peroneal nerve that helps control movement down to the foot was damaged.

The nerve could not be repaired; they had to hope it would heal itself. So far, so good, said Spence, who believes in pulling off the miracle that linebackers coach Keith Butler said would allow him to play again.

“I do. But we’ll see. I still have a couple more steps to make.”

The Steelers will have three weeks to decided if they want to activate, release or place Spence on injured reserve.


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