Today, the Pittsburgh Steelers placed rookie guard David DeCastro on the injured-reserve; designated to return list.
The rookie suffered a horrific right knee injury against the Buffalo Bills in the Steelers’ third preseason game. DeCastro tore his medial cruciate ligament, dislocated his kneecap, and damaged to his patella tendon.
Pittsburgh put the first-round draft pick on IR in order to make room on the 53-man roster for newly acquired free agent cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke. who is a second-year player that played for the Oakland Raiders last season, and will add much needed depth to the Steelers’ secondary.
According to the new rule in the NFL regarding players on IR, teams can designate one player that is on IR to return to action after spending at least eight weeks on the list.
The fact that the Steelers chose to select DeCastro as that player indicates that his knee injury isn’t as severe as many speculated during the preseason. Most thought that it would be season-ending.
If it were that serious, then the organization would have immediately put DeCastro on IR, just as they did with fellow rookie Sean Spence, after his season-ending knee injury in Pittsburgh’s final preseason game versus the Carolina Panthers.
If all goes well with DeCastro, he’ll be able to return sometime during the mid-season and help an offensive line that has question marks going into the regular season. Actually, I hope that the offensive line will be able to manage without DeCastro while he is out, therefore not putting any potential pressure on him to make a return to the field too soon.
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