PITTSBURGH -- Sean Spence said the injury he sustained in the Steelers' 31-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles is only a minor setback and that he hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Spence sprained the post collateral ligament (PCL) in his right knee last Thursday night and the injury will prevent the third-year man from playing in the Steelers' final preseason game.
But Spence said he will sit out the Steelers' game Thursday night against the visiting Carolina Panthers only as a precaution.
"It's not a very serious injury. I should be good," Spence said. "I'm going to sit out this week and try to give it a go next week."
When coach Mike Tomlin announced last Thursday that Spence had been hurt in the Eagles game it resonated with fans because of what the 2012 third-round pick has overcome just to get back on the field.
Spence shredded his left knee two years ago in the Steelers' final preseason game, tearing all of the major ligaments and dislocating his kneecap. Spence also sustained nerve damage and the injury almost ended his career.
Spence has made it all the way back from that devastating setback, and he is a lock to make the 53-man roster.
The 5-11, 231-pounder said the severity of the injury he suffered two years ago let him know that he didn't experience anything close to that last week in Philadelphia.
Spence actually returned to the game briefly after hurting his knee.
"I went out there and did another play and it just didn't feel right," Spence said. "It's smart that I did stop because I didn't want to make it worse than what it was."
Neither Spence nor starting outside linebacker Jason Worilds practiced on Monday, Tomlin said.
Worilds also hurt his knee against the Eagles but Tomlin said it is not a serious injury.
Among the players who had been hurt but practiced in at least a limited capacity on Monday, Tomlin said, were wide receiver Lance Moore (leg), safety Will Allen (hamstring) and cornerback Devin Smith (hamstring).