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.

25 responses to “Source: DeCastro is expected to miss 3-5 months

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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,…

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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