During his post-game press conference following the Sunday win over the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that inside linebacker Sean Spence had inured a hamstring during the contest.
Being as the team is currently on their bye week, Tomlin won’t be updating the health of the team until next week. However, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Spence said on Tuesday that he hopes to be ready for practice next week.
According to the tape from Sunday’s game, Spence was on the field for the Steelers final kickoff of the game and there was no real visible sign of him getting injured on that play. That, however, was the final time he saw the field after playing a total of 12 defensive snaps and 16 special team snaps.
With starting inside linebacker Ryan Shazier now back in action, there’s a good chance he’ll see his snaps start increasing again following the team’s bye. While Spence is a heavy contributor on special teams, there’s probably a good chance that fellow reserve inside linebacker and special teams ace Terence Garvin might be able to be resume playing in Week 12 after missing the last four games due to a knee injury.
Garvin, who has registered 4 total special teams tackles so far this season, was able to practice on a limited basis all three days last week.