I hate to say it, but anyone who thinks that Spence is going to come back at a 100 percent level is sadly mistaken.
I am as upset as anyone else due to his apparent ability to be a great coverage LB for the Steelers due to his tremendous speed. I had high hopes for him and the black and gold as many of did as well.
I'm here to tell you to get those visions of sugar plums out of your heads. Quick. Spence will never play in the NFL.
I have suffered the same sort of injury myself playing semi-pro ball, and am also a certified surgical assistant that deals with injuries like this. Anyone that thinks Spence will be a shadow of himself has no idea how the human body works and what nerve damage really means.
I dislocated my knee when I was 27 years old. I also had a compression fracture of my distal femur and torn fascia over the VMO of my quad. My patella was subluxed. It was gruesome. I was bruised from my groin all the way down to the instep of my foot. Bruised may not be a strong enough word. My leg was black. I am a white man.
Spence's injury was worse. He had nerve damage. I did not. At one point I was talking with surgeons about amputating my leg. My injury was no where near as bad as Spences due to the nerve damage.
I consider myself lucky to walk down the street. I'm 41 years old and am being evaluated for total knee arthroplasty surgery as we speak. My day to day life is limited. Spence will be limited.
I know the whole Rockey Blier story, but I can't believe the Steelers saved a spot for him.