Pittsburgh Steelers rookie guard David DeCastro will practice today for the first time since injuring his knee in the preseason. Once DeCastro begins practicing a 21-day window opens for the team to decide whether or not he would be removed from the IR list or remain out for the balance of 2012.
The Steelers first round draft pick suffered a dislocated right knee cap, a torn (MCL) medial collateral ligament and some damage to patellar tendon in the first quarter of the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.
DeCastro has been working on the side with trainers for the last several weeks, but has not yet practiced. The Steelers can activate him to the 53 man roster at any time now, but must do so within the next 21 days.
Ramon Foster has been playing well at right guard this season, so DeCastro will likely back him up initially.