Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie David DeCastro Returns to Practice

By Curt Popejoy
Pittsburgh Steelers

In a season that has been filled with bad news, the Pittsburgh Steelers finally got a spot of good news as it’s being reported that Rookie guard David DeCastro has returned to practice. And word is he might actually be active this weekend.

DeCastro was drafted 24th overall in the 2012 NFL draft and was slated to be plug and play as a starting guard from week 1. But unfortunately DeCastro suffered a torn MCL during the preseason and many feared he was lost for the year. But with the new Injured reserve rules, DeCastro was able to be put on what is called the injured reserve/designated to return list. What this essentially means is that while his injury was severe, the door was open for him to come back to the team this season.

And return he has. With all the injuries this team has suffered through this year, getting DeCastro back, even if he doesn’t get the start this weekend is a big step in the right direction. Not sure if DeCastro will be in game shape, or if he’s going to be in any condition to take the starting spot away from guard Ramon Foster, who’s played very well, but simply having him available to play in this stretch run is fabulous news.

The Steelers offense line has been up and down this season, but have shown signs of definite improvement especially on the interior, so I don’t think the Steelers will be in any rush to get him into the starting lineup if he’s not 100 percent ready. If he were a tackle, or if they considered putting him in so that they could move Foster to tackle, then they may try and get DeCastro ready more quickly.

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