Pittsburgh Steelers Guard David DeCastro Ready to Roll

By Curt Popejoy
Pittsburgh Steelers

It’s always nice to get good news, especially when it seems to be raining bad news. For the Pittsburgh Steelers the past few days have been dominated by news that no fan wants to hear. But, it’s not all gloom and doom. News out of Pittsburgh is rookie guard David DeCastro is ready to start this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys.

Going back to last April, the Steelers scored a slam dunk when they were able to land DeCastro in the first round. Comparisons to former Steelers guard Alan Faneca were clear and the future looked bright. But in the third preseason game DeCastro tore his MCL, and his entire rookie season was in jeopardy.

We fast forward to this week and DeCastro has made a remarkable recovery. When he wasn’t placed on the IR, I was optimistic that he might be available for the playoffs. But in light of the injury to guard Willie Colon which has ended his season this week, DeCastro stepped up and with him declared healthy, it was time to see what he could do.

My take-I’m not sure If DeCastro is 100 percent, but I’ll take a 90 percent DeCastro over any other options. If he can move into the starting role on the right side, it would allow guard Ramon Foster to move to the left, and put center Maurkice Pouncey back at center. This is a near ideal interior offensive line for the Steelers, a spot where they have liked to run this year with running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman.

The Steelers have been due some good news for the past week or so, and this definitely qualifies. With all the injuries this team has dealt with all season, getting a player like DeCastro back will go a long way toward finish this season strong with a run at the playoffs.

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