Sean Spence failed to record a tackle against Denver on Sunday, and finished the 2015 season with 37 tackles (29 total), including a sack.
Despite playing in just one less game than last season, Spence played 26 percent less defensive snaps, resulting in a decline in production. If Spence, who is an unrestricted free agent, returns to the Pittsburgh Steelers next season, he likely finds himself buried behind Lawrence Timmons, Ryan Shazier, Jarvis Jones, James Harrison, Bud Dupree, and possibly Arthur Moats on the linebacker depth chart.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence totaled eight tackles (five solo) including a sack in the overtime loss to Baltimore on Thursday.
The sack was the first of the season for Spence, and one of five on the night for the Steelers. As a unit, Pittsburgh is averaging three-and-a-half sacks per game, compared to just two per game in 2014.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (shoulder) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Baltimore Ravens .
Shazier also sat out Sunday's win over the St. Louis Rams . His absence sets the stage for Sean Spence to see added work in the Pittsburgh defense Thursday.
A right hamstring injury has knocked
Spence emerged as a sometimes-starter last season and contributed to 34 tackles.
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