Sean Spence

Mike Tomlin disagrees with linebackers coach Keith Butler.

He said Sean Spence, the second-year linebacker who severely injured his knee in a preseason game in August, will make a full recovery, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Butler said last weekend it would be “miraculous” if Spence, the team’s third-round draft choice in 2012, played next season.

“It will be miraculous if he does come back,” Butler said last Saturday when he met with reporters. “It will be miraculous if he comes back next year. We are going to take a chance on him and see if he can come back. To me, he is worth every bit of that.”

Tomlin offered the following Saturday when he was asked about the rehabilitation of Spence and other injured players at Steelers rookie camp.

“All the rehab is going to according to plan. No news there. I did hear the opinion regarding Spence. My opinion differs. I think he’ll have a full recovery. But now you have two opinions, neither of which are expert medical opinions, so do with it what you will.”

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