Report: DeCastro Has Dislocated Knee Cap, Torn MCL & Patellar Tendon Damage

ESPN insider Adam Schefter is now reporting that Pittsburgh Steelers rookie right guard David DeCastro suffered a dislocated right knee cap, a torn (MCL) medial collateral ligament and some damage to patellar tendon in the first quarter of the Saturday night preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.

There is a little bit of good news though, as Schefter reports that  (ACL) anterior cruciate ligament is intact according to his sources, but that the Steelers are still unsure if or when he will be able to return this season.

By the sounds of things, DeCastro tore up his right knee pretty bad and at this point it is too early to speculate how much time he will ultimately miss if the Steelers do not think his injuries will end his season.

DeCastro might have been a candidate for the new 8 week injured reserve list that the NFL owners wanted added this season, but that rule has not yet been approved by the players’ union, and likely won\’t be by the start of the season.

Should the Steelers decide not to put DeCastro on injured reserve, they would have to carry him as member of the 53 man roster. Due to all of the injuries at linebacker, combined with an uncertainty of when and if DeCastro will be able to play at all in 2012, I suspect that he will be placed on season ending injured reserve.

  • RW

    I just don’t see them putting DeCastro on the season ending injured reserve if they think he can play by midway through the season. I think there’s enough depth at LB now that offensive line depth needs to become a priority. Even if DeCastro serves as a reserve guard this season, it’s worth it to keep him on the 53.

  • put me in coach

    Is is possible to put him on the in-season pup list, where he’d be out only the first six weeks?

  • WilliamSekinger

    No, it’s not possible. They either have to keep him on the roster as inactive or IR him.

  • SteelersDepot

    To be eligible for the PUP, a player has to be on it at the start of training camp.

  • walter mason

    The players union needs to approve the new IR…

  • mokhkw

    What a shame, he was looking like everything he was advertised to be. Good news about the ACL but the MCL tear and the dislocated knee-cap makes it prudent to IR him for 2012, which is what I think they’ll end up doing.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think if he has a chance to get back this year u do it…its important for the rookie to get as many reps as possible and if he comes back wk 12 so beit…this about the future…not necessarily now.

  • zyzak

    Looking at 8-10 weeks for MCL and recovery, knee cap will be relocated ACL is fine that is great news.