He opened the 2013 season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, but was cleared to return to practice last October. Not long after he suffered a finger injury, forcing him back on injured reserve for the year.
“He’s healthy and working,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “So we can’t wait to watch him take the next step in this process, which is play football.”
Tomlin expects Spence to have some catching up to do, but it won’t be like he is starting all over as he has used his time wisely the last two seasons learning the defense and getting stronger.
“I don’t think that we’ll start from scratch,” said Tomlin. “These haven’t been empty days for him since he’s been here with the rehabilitation process and what he’s been able to do in terms of learning our system of football. I’m not going to assume that he’s starting from ground zero.
“I think that’s to be determined with how he performs and plays, but he’s been given a clean bill of health and we’ll go from there.”