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True test still waiting for Steelers LB Sean Spence

The feel good story of Sean Spence's return seems to be coming to fruition, but the true test still awaits the linebacker.


Everyone loves a redemption story. The rags to riches tale. The hero that gets knocked down and picks himself back up to win the fight. You could put Steelers' 2012 third round draft pick, Sean Spence, into all of those categories as he still continues his rehab process from a gruesome knee injury in his rookie preseason.

When linebackers coach, Keith Butler, deemed Spence's possible return as "needing a miracle", things didn't look good. However, Spence has battled his way back and has been a full participant in every one of the Steelers' OTAs that have been ongoing the past two weeks, hoping to prove that miracles can and do happen.

However, Spence realizes that he is still a long ways away from actually considering himself to be "back".

"It is still a process," "This is just step one of coming out and competing and reacting off of other guys instead of cones. When I get to Latrobe, I will be able to test it even more there." Spence told Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribue-Review.

As exciting as it may be for fans to see this comeback story reach its pinnacle with Spence suiting up on Sundays at Heinz Field, it is good to know that Spence realizes that the journey he is traveling still has many miles to go.

As an organization, the Steelers can only hope and pray that Spence is able to help return and help bolster a very young and inexperienced linebacking corps.