DeCastro was a victim of friendly fire when teammate Marcus Gilbert fell on the Steelers’ first round pick’s right knee while blocking Buffalo’s Marcell Dareus during Pittsburgh’s second offensive drive of the first quarter.
The 6’5”, 316-pounder couldn’t get up under his own power, and needed the assistance of Pittsburgh’s training staff.
The Stanford University All-American came into training camp as a major part of the Steelers’ plan to rebuild their offensive line. DeCastro wasn’t the only offensive lineman that Pittsburgh drafted. Rookie offensive tackle Mike Adams was selected the Steelers in the second round.
The results from DeCastro’s injured right knee are pending.
If there is one thing that Pittsburgh doesn’t need, it is another injury. The offensive line already has Max Starks at left tackle, who had reconstructive knee surgery this past January.
In addition, DeCastro’s pulling ability greatly helps Pittsburgh’s running game, something that is definitely needed in the Steelers’ new offensive scheme.
Assuming that DeCastro is out for a significant amount of time, Ramon Foster will more than likely fill in at right guard.
For the sake of the Steelers–and all of Steeler Nation–I hope that DeCastro’s injury is just a minor setback for the offense, and that he is able to play when September 9th rolls around for the Sunday night game against the Denver Broncos.
The regular season isn’t even here yet, and Pittsburgh has already been on a long roller coaster ride. I can’t say it enough, this will be an interesting season.
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