Steelers Rookie David DeCastro To Have MRI On Right Knee, Potentially Season Ending

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in his post game press conference following the teams\’ 38-7 preseason win against the Buffalo Bills that rookie right guard David DeCastro suffered a potentially severe right knee injury and that he is scheduled to have an MRI when the team gets back to Pittsburgh. DeCastro reportedly left the Steelers locker room on crutches with a brace on his injured right knee per Ken Laird.

DeCastro injured the knee on the Steelers second drive and laid on the field in obvious pain. He was carted off to locker room for further examination.

The Stanford rookie was the Steelers first round draft pick this past April and had solidified his place as a starter on the Steelers offensive line prior to the injury happening. He will likely be lost for the year and placed on injured reserve. Ramon Foster replaced DeCastro in the lineup and will be the starter moving forward.

Tomlin also reported after the game that right defensive end Brett Keisel suffered a mild high ankle sprain in the game. That injury figures to keep him sidelined next week in the preseason finale versus the Carolina Panthers and hopes are that he will be ready for the opener at Denver.

  • Ahmad

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I knew something like this would happen.

  • Bob Francis

    Ugh. What a punch in the gut. I feel terrible for DeCastro. I know this means Foster gets plugged back into the starting lineup, but what abt depth? Does this save Essex his job? Or is there a slight opening for someone else to crack the 53?

  • walter mason

    Very sad. It seems this years draft is not panning out as expected nor is it living up to all the hype. Does it ever? Lost for the season is our best chance of a rookie starter. All 4 of the 7th rounders probably wont make the team.and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th picks are at least a year away from starting. 5th rounder Rainey is our only other chance. Maybe a few undrafted rookies will make the roster. DeCastro will be back strong. I hope for the best.

  • SteelSpine

    Never foresaw that one. Eerily I had been wondering what we’ll do when the left side of our line gets injured instead because no reason to think Starks will make it thru a season without going to IR, ditto Colon. We can survive loss of one position RG, we’ll be fine if Starks & Colon luckilly beat their odds by staying healthy enough so we dont have to use all our backups to onto left side of our line.