"He's healthy and working," coach Mike Tomlin said according to the official team website. "... I don't think that we'll start from scratch. 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."
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Spence had "one great day of practice" while on the PUP list last year, which made Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert reasonably optimistic. Colbert quickly added that it would be naive of the team to think Spence is done with his rehab and ready for football.
Spence suffered a torn ACL, LCL and a dislocated kneecap in a gruesome moment during a preseason game in 2012. He has yet to play in an NFL game.
Spence will be evaluated by the Steelers for the next three weeks to determine whether he should be placed on season-ending IR or added to their 53-man roster. The third-round selection in the 2012 draft has yet to play in an NFL regular season game.
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