Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on Friday that no one expects to see Pittsburgh Steelers rookie guard David DeCastro in uniform any time soon and that there is some question as to whether or not he will play at all this season.
According to Kaboly, offensive line coach Sean Kugler didn’t sound as confident last week as he did back in August when DeCastro severly injured his right knee in the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. “It is all on his timetable,” Kugler told Kaboly last week. “He had a pretty significant knee injury …”
The Steelers placed DeCastro on injured reserve with the designation to return later in the season at the start of the year and now that the mandatory eight weeks have passed, DeCastro is eligible to return whenever he is healthy. While he is not yet practicing with the team, he his now back running and working on the side according to the recent updates that head coach Mike Tomlin has given the last few weeks.
In the meantime, DeCastro is still involved in all of the offensive line meetings and has been charting games on the sideline to stay involved with what is going on.
At this point it is still too early to think that that Stanford product will miss the entire season, but the hopes that he might be ready to return to the roster for either of the two upcoming games against the Baltimore Ravens now seem to be diminished greatly.
All we know is that DeCastro will be back in uniform when he is healthy, but the timetable of when that might actually happen has become even more cloudier than it already was to begin with.