Steelers Suffer Huge Blow With Loss of David DeCastro
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a plan for 2012: bring in good young talent to improve a shaky offensive line. It seemed like the plan was working when they drafted David DeCastro in the first round and Mike Adams in the second of this year’s NFL Draft. But Adams has been developing slower than expected and DeCastro was carted off the field in Buffalo on Saturday night.
On a pass play in the first quarter, DeCastro was blocking Bills DT Marcell Dareus when one of his line mates, T Marcus Gilbert, fell onto the back of his right leg. Following an MRI on Sunday, it is being reported that the Guard has torn the his right MCL, as well as dislocated his knee cap and sustained damage to his patellar tendon.
The initial timetable for his return is in the three to five month range or all, if not most, of the 2012 NFL season.
This is a big blow to a Steelers’ ground attack that was already floundering. DeCastro was a big, physical presence that was primed to help Pittsburgh’s rushing attack in 2012, but now they’ll have to turn to someone else. If you were somehow still high on Rashard Mendenhall, Issac Redman or Jonathan Dwyer, this has to drop their stock a bit.
Jason lives in Virginia with his wife and 2 daughters. Born a Steelers fan, he watched from his playpen as they won Super Bowls and established the Terrible Towel as being more comfort than his blankie. Jason has enjoyed and analyzed NFL football for his entire life; often annoying friends and family by calling plays and fouls before they happen and arguing with the announcers when they are blatantly wrong. He is a contributing writer on Footballnation.com and has had poetry and short fiction appear in ABCTales Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @Bruhaha222.