Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler painted a grim picture last weekend, when he said it would be "miraculous" if Spence played a down in 2013.
"All the rehab is going to according to plan," Tomlin said Saturday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . "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 wish."
Spence had been in line to serve as a backup inside linebacker and special-teams contributor before the injury. Tomlin obviously is holding out hope Spence can fill that role in 2013.