DeCastro’s knee injury may be “severe”

AP

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the team’s third preseason game meant nothing.  In the end, it may mean something significant.

Rookie guard David DeCastro, the team’s first-round pick in the 2012 draft, has a “potentially severe” knee injury.  That’s the official word coach Mike Tomlin provided after Saturday night’s win over the Bills in Buffalo.  NFL Network reports that DeCastro has ACL and MCL injuries in his right knee.

An MRI is coming.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette reports that most of the players who were asked about the DeCastro injury said it doesn’t look good.

As Alper explained during the game, tackle Marcus Gilbert fell over the back of DeCastro’s right leg while DeCastro was blocking Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

34 responses to “DeCastro’s knee injury may be “severe”

  1. Looking at the way DeCastro was holding on to his leg, something tells me he is out for the year. So now, we have a huge problem at O-line.

    Also Gilbert needs to get stronger. This is the second steeler player he has injured because he fell on their leg, which tells me, he is not strong enough in the lower body and once the defender engages with him, he falls back, unfortunately he has hurt our Fullback and Right Guard.

  2. DeCastro is a rookie who can be replaced. It’s not like we’re losing somebody with all this experience. So it’s not a devastating blow like most are gonna think. Steelers Oline issues were still going to continue this year. You can’t expect 2 rookies to just start playing like they have been in this league for a while. We lost a good player in DeCastro by all means he’s not the second coming of Faneca. This one will sting a bit. But it’s not devastating. As for all the Ravens fans WILL be posting on this article. Lets remember that you lost a defensive MVP, not a rookie lineman.

  3. Sorry to hear this news…get well soon…but as Steelers nation knows the next man up will perform as well..the standard is the standard…

  4. Think some of the boys need to take Gilbert out behind the woodshed and teach him to stop falling on his own men….grrrrr.

  5. Darn shame. You never want to lose your number 1 draft pick, especially at a position that really needed improvement. Even if we struggled this year he was getting starting experience. Hope it’s not a season ending thing but no body sounds optimistic. So, the Steelers will do what they always do, put somebody else in there and play ball.

    Good luck David!

  6. Sucks for the rookie before he even gets to start a regular season game,On a positive note, The injury bug that has struck the Steelers appears to be the only way my Jets are going to win

  7. Greglloydrules says: Aug 26, 2012 7:57 AM

    DeCastro is a rookie who can be replaced. It’s not like we’re losing somebody with all this experience. So it’s not a devastating blow like most are gonna think. Steelers Oline issues were still going to continue this year. You can’t expect 2 rookies to just start playing like they have been in this league for a while. We lost a good player in DeCastro by all means he’s not the second coming of Faneca. This one will sting a bit. But it’s not devastating. As for all the Ravens fans WILL be posting on this article. Lets remember that you lost a defensive MVP, not a rookie lineman.

    As a ravens fan I call BS this hurts your oline pretty severely

  8. Ok, all trash talk aside, I really feel bad for this kid. A lot of people in the league spoke highly of him pre-draft and for this to happen to him just sucks.As a Bengals fan I wish him a quick recovery…Something has to be done about preseason games..gosh its killing the players..we a have a long list of casualties too

  9. Ok, all trash talk aside, I really feel bad for this kid. A lot of people in the league spoke highly of him pre-draft and for this to happen to him just sucks.I wish him a quick recovery…Something has to be done about preseason games..gosh its killing the players..we a have a long list of casualties in Cincinnati

  10. “DeCastro is a rookie who can be replaced. It’s not like we’re losing somebody with all this experience.”

    Yeah, it’s not like rookie first round picks can ever be key contributors who help a team immediately or anything.

    “Steelers Oline issues were still going to continue this year. You can’t expect 2 rookies to just start playing like they have been in this league for a while.”

    You also can’t expect your Oline issues to ever improve if your most talented rookie goes down to injury in game 1. That’s why this injury sucks – a talented guy who was deemed NFL-ready went down before the real games started.

    “We lost a good player in DeCastro by all means he’s not the second coming of Faneca. This one will sting a bit. But it’s not devastating.”
    Yeah, it’s not like your franchise QB’s health is a concern that was supposed to be addressed in part by having DeCastro this year. I’m sure the Steelers have a ton of guys almost as talented as DeCastro sitting around, that’s why they drafted him with their first round pick.

  11. Greglloydrules, you are absolutely insane and may need to seek out professional help. This kid suffered a serious injury and you’re talking about Ravens fans. You’re the exact kind of fan Drew Magary wrote about in his “this is why your team sucks” series about the steelers. Check it out, that’s you.

  12. I hope this looks worse than it is, sometimes it’s just a partial tear or really bad sprain. Tough break for a promising rookie if he’s gone for the year.

    As a Bengals fan I was looking forward to seeing how Decastro and Zietler – the Bengals first round RG selection – compared to each other. Hopefully we don’t have to wait until next year.

  13. greglloydrules says:
    Aug 26, 2012 7:57 AM
    “DeCastro is a rookie who can be replaced. It’s not like we’re losing somebody with all this experience. So it’s not a devastating blow like most are gonna think.”

    From the end of the end of the Combine, right up to yesterday, every indication was the DeCastro was a transcendent player—potentially HOFer—at the guard position. You might not miss him but, I assure you, Mike Tomlin will.

  14. Perhaps the rash of severe injuries is due to the new CBA limiting the physical part of OTAs and training camp (specifically limiting practice in pads to once a day).

    If you practice playing flag football then injuries are to be expected when you shift gears and go full speed.

  15. Feel bad for DDC; I was looking forward to seeing how he compares to Zeitler, given we passed twice on him to take KZ. Hope DDC gets healthy soon.

    DDC is not the story line here though.

    IMO its the Bills front four. M.Williams-Kelsay-Dareus-K.Williams looks a pretty strong group. They were getting the best of the Steeler O-Line all night, and DDC got hurt because Dareus was shoving him backwards…..

  16. Wonder if coaches turn on ESPN at all. Turn on the tv for a little and you’ll see key players going out each game coaches. Reps are important but damn.

  17. Wow. That sucks. I hate the Steelers but I don’t want to see them have a bad year because of injuries, especially to a young up-and-comer like DeCastro. Here’s hoping the injury isn’t as severe as initially thought, and if it is, to DeCastro having a speedy recovery.

  18. MODERATORS – Please don’t delete I put atleast 10 minutes of my life into this post 🙂

    One thing I hate to do is shatter myths (Sarcasm). But the age of the Steelers starting offense is far from old. In fact it is 24.3 years average. I did this neat thing to check facts, its called using an internet search enginge (again sarcasm).
    A. Brown (24)/E. Sanders (25)/M. Wallace (26)

    H. Miller (29)

    M. Starks (30)/W. Colon(29)/ M. Pouncey (23)/ R. Foster (26)/ M. Gilbert (24)

    B. Rothlisberger (30)
    Ike Redman (27)

    Key Role Players: C. Rainey (Rookie)/W. Saunders (23)/J. Cotchery (30) / W. Johnson (22)/ Dwyer, Mendenhall, B. Batch (all RB average age is 24)/ Legursky 26)

    I can do the defence next if you like 🙂

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