Aug 30, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence (51) is carted off the field after being injured against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Spence returns to Pittsburgh Steelers practice

It has been more than a year since Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence suffered a brutal knee injury that resulted in a torn ACL and LCL, dislocated his kneecap and damaged the peroneal nerve in his leg.

Immediately after the injury, many had feared that the 2012 third-round pick’s career could be over, but he put in some hard rehab and finally returned to the practice field this week.

Spence, who is currently on the physically-unable to perform list, has three weeks for doctors to determine whether or not he will be healthy enough to return this season and be placed on the active roster and he is determined to show the world he can still play.

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

When Spence was asked if he could return to playing, he said, “I do. But we’ll see. I still have a couple more steps to make.”

If Spence cannot return in three weeks, then the team will have the option to release him or place him on the injured reserve list if they feel he could return next season. This is a guy you can’t help but to root for.

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