The Steelers lost guard David DeCastro for at least the first eight weeks of the season when they put him on the injured reserve/recall list after he injured his knee in the preseason.
DeCastro can start practicing after six weeks, the exact date is Oct. 19, and it looks like he might not be too far off from being able to do that once that date rolls around. Members of the Steelers say that DeCastro has impressed them with his diligent rehab and classroom work since he went down with a torn MCL and dislocated kneecap in a preseason game against the Bills.
“I don’t have any pain, so I’m just working hard to try to get back,” DeCastro said, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
DeCastro was expected to be the team’s starting right guard this season and its not clear if he’ll be able to step into that role upon his return to active duty later this season. He certainly has more going for him than Ramon Foster, but getting such a late start could hinder his ability to jump right into the middle of an NFL season. Of course, there could be injuries or other factors forcing the Steelers hand at offensive line at that point, so having a healthy DeCastro is only going to be a good thing for Pittsburgh whenever it comes to pass.
DeCastro hasn’t started running yet, so forecasting a return date is a bit premature at present. As long as his return comes with enough time left in the season, his ability to stay mentally connected should help him fill whatever role the team has in mind for him.