Thursday, September 20, 2018
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  • Rick Stroud and Greg Auman

On the mend: Bucs’ Noah Spence posts workout pic

Defensive end Noah Spence, whose two NFL seasons have both been limited by injuries to his right shoulder, is getting himself healthy for the 2018 season.

Spence has kept a low profile since the Bucs placed him on injured reserve in late October, a month after he dislocated his shoulder in the second game of the season. He had tried to play through the injury, much the same way he had during his rookie season.

But on Monday afternoon, after five months of silence on social media, Spence posted a workout photo on Instagram, showing him in the gym and holding a weight against his chest as he went through a workout.

"Im thankful for all of it," he wrote. "The highs. The lows. The blessings. The lessons. The setbacks. The comebacks. Everything apart of Gods plan."

Spence, who had surgery to repair a torn labrum in the same shoulder in January 2017, had his surgery the week after he went on injured reserve, and is expected to be fully recovered in time for the upcoming season.

As the Bucs work to bounce back from an NFL-low 22 sacks in 2017, a healthy Spence is a huge part of that turnaround. He had a promising start last season, getting a sack-fumble in the opener against the Bears before his injury a week later.