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Source: DeCastro is expected to miss 3-5 months

We’ve gotten some clarity regarding the knee injury suffered by Steelers guard David DeCastro.  And it’s not good.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, DeCastro is expected to miss three-to-five months with various injuries in his right knee.  Though the official diagnosis will come via a Monday MRI, we’re told that DeCastro currently is believed to have a torn MCL, a dislocated kneecap, and a partially torn patellar tendon.

DeCastro suffered the injury when teammate Marcus Gilbert fell on DeCastro’s leg.  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has blamed it on the FieldTurf at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Prior reports about DeCastro’s condition had been somewhat conflicting.  We’re confident that the latest reflects the pre-MRI diagnosis.

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25 Responses to “Source: DeCastro is expected to miss 3-5 months”
  1. ispysomething7 says: Aug 26, 2012 5:34 PM

    Welcome to the NFL

  2. bettis3636 says: Aug 26, 2012 5:36 PM

    So you’re saying there is a chance…

  3. KIR says: Aug 26, 2012 5:41 PM

    Sound like the Urlacher injury.

  4. thetroofishere says: Aug 26, 2012 6:15 PM

    At least it wasn’t the ACL.

  5. frankiefiveangels says: Aug 26, 2012 6:22 PM

    I’m a Pats fan and don’t really care about Steeler issues but I hate that DeCastro, and others, got hurt in a preseason game. I’m not sure how much the owners pocket in preseason but is it really worth the added sunk costs of lost player salary, signing bonuses, health insurance, MRI’s, lawyers fees, doctors visits and every other cost specifically related to preseason games? Just asking.

  6. kilo0986 says: Aug 26, 2012 6:28 PM

    I like how on ever post about DeCastro they have to throw in Ben’s comment. Gotta worry about that patellar though…

  7. wvucolumbus says: Aug 26, 2012 6:29 PM

    Really happy this wasn’t an “unhappy triad” injury which consists of a torn ACL, torn MCL and torn medial meniscus. These sorts of injuries CAN be career-threatening.

    This news is UNBELIEVABLY good especially if the ACL truly has been spared. I look for him to be ready to rock n’ roll for spring training camp and have an incredible “rookie” 2013 campaign.

  8. ravenator says: Aug 26, 2012 6:44 PM

    pittsburgh oline cant even stay healthy for one full preseason let alone a regular season

  9. kylexitron says: Aug 26, 2012 6:58 PM

    couldn’t have happened to a nicer team.

  10. joemammy says: Aug 26, 2012 8:03 PM

    Leave it to Roethlisberger to offer up his wisdom. Save your excuses, Ben, for your gimpy ankle or your bum shoulder. Sometimes stuff just happens,…

  11. codysteeler says: Aug 26, 2012 8:19 PM

    Unfortunate for such a promising prospect. At least its only the MCL

  12. briguy5 says: Aug 26, 2012 8:25 PM

    Another reason the NFL should shorten the preseason. Too many injuries taking place in meaningless games.

  13. holeinone09 says: Aug 26, 2012 8:35 PM

    Damn shame. Others will have to step up or they will gave to see who is cut from other teams.

  14. latrobe21 says: Aug 26, 2012 9:17 PM

    We’ll take DeCastro over to Kennametal and he’ll never have this type of problem, again.

  15. deeceefan says: Aug 26, 2012 9:29 PM


  16. csilojohnson says: Aug 26, 2012 9:34 PM

    Thats why football should be played on grass and only grass. Well mud, puddles, and snow are just as good. They already tried an indoor, turf league. pay up owners and keep this game on grass. We are already going to lose the contact one day.

  17. Spencer says: Aug 26, 2012 10:56 PM

    Hate to see a talented kid get hurt so early.

  18. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 27, 2012 1:08 AM

    frankiefiveangels: DeCastro is a football player who was injured playing football. I don’t see the difference if a player is injured in August or in September.
    This might actually be a blessing in disguise, short-term, for the Steelers. DeCastro is rookie who no doubt was going to struggle on an O-line that was about to unleash a lot of inexperience and youth. DeCastro will now be replaced by a veteran.
    Long-term, this may stunt DeCastro’s development. But such is life in the NFL.
    Preseason games are an evil neccessity. How else are coaches suppose to evaluate talent, especially those players on the “bubble”?
    What’s criminal is owners charging full price to witness these over-hyped snoozefests.

  19. ravenator says: Aug 27, 2012 9:45 AM

    Basement dwellers this team will be

  20. thunderchief561 says: Aug 27, 2012 10:35 AM

    Thanks Yoda!

  21. steelerdan says: Aug 27, 2012 10:57 AM

    Best wishes to David for a rapid recovery. But Steelers need to make a move–have a look at ROG, former Cal bear, recently released by KC.

  22. sbsteelers says: Aug 27, 2012 11:49 AM

    With all the money invested in players you’d think the last thing owners would do is install a turf that makes their multi-million dollar investments injury-prone. But who says the owners do any thinking?

  23. kugzilla says: Aug 27, 2012 12:13 PM

    He did come out of school a year early. I think less of a chance of his development being affected by missing this year. Than him losing confidence by having a bunch of full grown old veteran DL schooling him week after week. with polished tricks of the trade. I’m sure his upper body will be even stronger next year. Added with a year of Pro schooling.

    I just pray his knee surgery goes well. If not, all else is moot.

    Successful surgery on knee? All else will work itself out.

  24. grant444 says: Aug 27, 2012 12:41 PM

    Ravenator – go take a walk off a short pier @ the Inner Harbor. Yourdum bass Crows have never beaten the Steelers in the playoffs, & you douse your pinhead coach w/ Gatorade after a reg season win vs us. Your team’s window is closing too, bro.

  25. sudz28 says: Aug 27, 2012 1:06 PM

    I’ll never understand why artificial turf of *all* stripes wasn’t abandoned over a decade ago. It never works as well as grass, the players hate it, and it causes more injuries. Best of luck to DeCastro on a full and speedy recovery! We need him on the O-line, there’s no way around it.

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