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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
No changes on Steelers' depth chart

By Scott Brown

PITTSBURGH -- The changes that Mike Tomlin said could be coming after the Steelers were routed by the Patriots did not materialize after the coaches and players reviewed film of the 55-31 loss at New England.

There are no changes on the depth chart, though that does not necessarily mean there won't be any open competition this week at practice. The depth chart reflects what I wrote on Monday: The limitations of a 53-man roster don't allow for sweeping changes, particularly since Tomlin has already made a bunch of them, albeit without much success.

One decision the Steelers have to make before 4 p.m. on Wednesday is on the status of inside linebacker Sean Spence.

The Steelers have to add Spence to their 53-man roster, place him on injured reserve or release the second-year man.

“I don’t have a clue,” Spence said Sunday on what he expects the Steelers to do. "It's Coach Tomlin's decision."

There is no way the Steelers release Spence. The former third-round pick has made too much progress since he sustained a career-threatening knee injury in the fourth preseason game of 2012.

Spence is almost certain to be placed on injured reserve with the hope that he continues to make progress and challenge for a starting job next season.