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Steelers place Marcus Gilbert on IR, activate David DeCastro

Ben Roethlisberger, David DeCastro, Antonio Dixon AP

The Steelers offensive line has been a patchwork job since the summer and the job got a little harder on Sunday.

Left guard Willie Colon was scratched just before the game, forcing Doug Legursky into the lineup. The depth was stretched even further when Mike Adams went down with an ankle injury.

That left them with Kelvin Beachum at right tackle and without many options in reserve with original right tackle Marcus Gilbert already out with his own ankle injury. We don’t yet know the status of either Colon or Adams, but the Steelers have shuffled their roster to leave themselves prepared to deal with his absence. Gilbert has been placed on injured reserve and the team has activated first-round pick David DeCastro from injured reserve.

DeCastro has been out since injuring his knee in the preseason, but he returned to practice last week and has been eligible to return from IR for a few weeks. He was expected to be the team’s right guard this season and could wind up back in that job with the versatile Ramon Foster plugging a hole elsewhere.

Gilbert has been out since Week Six. The 2011 second-round pick will be in the mix for a starting job again next season.

The Steelers also promoted offensive lineman John Malecki to the active roster and released wide receiver David Gilreath.

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26 Responses to “Steelers place Marcus Gilbert on IR, activate David DeCastro”
  1. 1nationraidernation says: Nov 26, 2012 5:48 PM

    i think decastro is going to be a beast in the nfl, and a perennial pro bowler.

  2. dickson29 says: Nov 26, 2012 5:59 PM

    Adams has been a failure all year. Can’t block without Heath helping him. Beacheam is a better blocker than Adams allllllll day. Decastro is an upgrade to “Holding penalty” on Colon. Both moves are upgrades. Now, we need to get Ben back and release batch and leftwich.

  3. tedmurph says: Nov 26, 2012 6:02 PM

    1nationraidernation says:Nov 26, 2012 5:48 PM

    i think decastro is going to be a beast in the nfl, and a perennial pro bowler.
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    Sure, why not? He looked great in those two preseason games he has under his belt.

  4. randallflagg52 says: Nov 26, 2012 6:12 PM

    If you think DeCastro will be a beast, you must not have seen any of the preseason. He was good in the Pac 12, but he’s now in the AFC North. I doubt he’ll be able to push around Ngata, Atkins and Taylor like he did all those wimpy Pac 12 defenses.

  5. ravenator says: Nov 26, 2012 6:25 PM

    A desperate activation by a desperate team

  6. ravenator says: Nov 26, 2012 6:26 PM

    When exactly was DeCastro lighting it up? He was getting pushed around before being injured. Steve Hutchinson reincarnation, hah! That’s laughable.

  7. barnabysteeth says: Nov 26, 2012 6:26 PM

    Ngata played at Oregon, a member of the PAC 12

  8. FinFan68 says: Nov 26, 2012 6:34 PM

    when is DeCastro eligible to play? Ravens game or next one?

  9. ravenmuscle says: Nov 26, 2012 6:59 PM

    DeCastro will be DECLEATED once Haloti flattens him

  10. coltswerestolen says: Nov 26, 2012 7:08 PM

    Hey Steeler moron. Yes Ngata played in the PAC 12… In 2006. DeCastro was still in high school when Haloti left

  11. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 26, 2012 7:15 PM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Nov 26, 2012 6:12 PM
    If you think DeCastro will be a beast, you must not have seen any of the preseason. He was good in the Pac 12, but he’s now in the AFC North. I doubt he’ll be able to push around Ngata, Atkins and Taylor like he did all those wimpy Pac 12 defenses.
    ——————————————-

    So by that logic, no player from college will ever be good because he’ll have to face top-level pros. Like they said how Ngata won’t succeed because he’ll have to face the tough OLs in the North rather than the “wimpy Pac 12.” Wow, you’re a real Einstein there.

  12. cbass59 says: Nov 26, 2012 7:34 PM

    Coltswerestolen,

    The point was both are from the Pac10/12 so if Ngata can make it, DeCastro can’t be ruled out for playing in the PAc 10/12.

    Also the Colts weren’t stolen. The colts owner chose to take his business elsewhere. Probably didn’t like living in the murder capital.

  13. ravensdominate says: Nov 26, 2012 7:34 PM

    This guy is gonna be a beast! I don’t know how people will get after Big Ben, or Byron Leftwich, or Charlie Batch with the mighty David Decastro in the lineup…. Hahahaha the steelers o line is in shambles! They just activated a rookie OL that has no business playing this season! Next quarterback up!

  14. cbass59 says: Nov 26, 2012 7:38 PM

    Ravens will win the AFC north but we all know they won’t go far. Yes, the wont have to worry about losing the the Steelers as they always do in the playoffs, but Ed is never going to win a ring (Troy has 2) and Ray Ray will have to live with 1 in 17 years. T Fizzle is living up to his name.

  15. cbass59 says: Nov 26, 2012 7:42 PM

    Steelers: 2-1 in superbowls since Purple browns moved from Cleveland.

    ravens: 1-0 since being stolen from Cleveland. 0-3 v. Pittsburgh in postseason.

  16. steelcurtainn says: Nov 26, 2012 7:48 PM

    Can’t wait to see Decastro pound that weak raven defensive line.

  17. ravensdominate says: Nov 26, 2012 7:50 PM

    Cbass at least you don’t talk smack about your titles that are 40 years old. You’re right on que with me. Steelers are up 2-1 on us.

  18. cbass59 says: Nov 26, 2012 7:55 PM

    And 3-0 in postseason.

  19. dwatts5000watts says: Nov 26, 2012 8:02 PM

    Desperate activation? Desperate as in “keeping an over the hill middle line backer on the roster as a cheerleader! “Come On Ray, have some dignity. Your time has long passed, along with any level of grit The Ravens defense had.

    Maybe The Steelers are struggling mightily without their quarterback, but at least they still resemble a physical team.

  20. dcapettini says: Nov 26, 2012 8:19 PM

    Ray Lewis is on injured reserve. He is not on the roster and is not taking up a slot that could be filled by another player.

    This is the NFL Cbass; what have you done lately?

  21. steelernator says: Nov 26, 2012 8:26 PM

    Over-rated and over-hyped Ravens lie in fear of chance of Ben playing this weekend. The barely beat a severely injured Steeler squad and they know it. Reality is the Steelers have a tough road ahead due to injuries, but if they do make the playoffs and are healthy they likely run the table. Meanwhile, the Ravens have everybody and are barely winning, although they are winning. That won’t happen in the playoffs, where they are perrenial losers. Enjoy you in-season Super Bowls now chumps. Steelers savor the real ones.

  22. steelpenbucs87 says: Nov 26, 2012 9:11 PM

    I guess they’re moving Colon to RT. Going with Starks-Foster-Pouncey-DeCastro/Legursky-Colon.

    Can’t play any worse running the ball I suppose

  23. celty00 says: Nov 26, 2012 9:35 PM

    Steelernator,
    you do realize that we do well at M&T Bank and yes we have struggled this year on the road. YEs we barely beat your team in your house. The game wont be that close in our house.
    Look at our offensive and defensive stats at home this year compared to road. Good Luck hoping the stars align for you guys to make the playoffs this year.

    BTW DeCastro will be a great player for some time if his college yrs are any indication.

  24. dwatts5000watts says: Nov 26, 2012 9:47 PM

    Honestly, I was pulling for The Ravens last year to win it all. This is hard to even utter, being a die Hard Pittsburgher. If The Ravens actually won a Championship, in the Flacco era, it would give the AFC North more credibility. Let’s be honest here people, The Steelers still do the heavy lifting around here. Don’t kid yourselves Baltimore!

  25. billhicks666 says: Nov 26, 2012 9:49 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:

    randallflagg52 says:
    Nov 26, 2012 6:12 PM
    If you think DeCastro will be a beast, you must not have seen any of the preseason. He was good in the Pac 12, but he’s now in the AFC North. I doubt he’ll be able to push around Ngata, Atkins and Taylor like he did all those wimpy Pac 12 defenses.
    ——————————————-

    So by that logic, no player from college will ever be good because he’ll have to face top-level pros. Like they said how Ngata won’t succeed because he’ll have to face the tough OLs in the North rather than the “wimpy Pac 12.” Wow, you’re a real Einstein there.

    Ha! Randy Flagg owned yet again and exposed for the cretin that he is.

  26. Canyonero says: Nov 26, 2012 11:28 PM

    Re: desperate team

    Yes, the Steelers are desperate and made a desperate move. That’s sign of a well-run organization.

    What, they were supposed to hang out behind the gym and smoke some cigarettes, looking cool?

    In the NFL you fight for every game and sometimes it works out.

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