Steelers Injury Report: G David DeCastro & WR Markus Wheaton Cleared To Practice

During his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin updated the injury situation as the team will now prepare to host the Buffalo Bills this Sunday at Heinz Field.

Guard David DeCastro (ankle) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) have both been cleared to practice Wednesday, according to Tomlin. DeCastro was inactive this past Sunday due to an ankle injury suffered against the Oakland Raiders while Wheaton has been sidelined ever since he broke his pinky finger in the game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Tackle Kelvin Beachum (left hip flexor), defensive end Cameron Heyward (left knee contusion) and center Fernando Velasco (thigh bruise) were all banged up this past Sunday and all could be limited in practice early on in the week as a result.

Tackle Marcus Gilbert (right ankle), cornerback Ike Taylor (concussion) and linebacker Vince Williams (concussion) will be monitored this week as well and as a result, all three could be limited early in the week. Taylor and Williams will need to pass a few more concussion test before returning to practice fully and being cleared to play.

As for linebacker Sean Spence, Tomlin says the team has yet to decide whether or not he will be activated to the 53 man roster or placed on injured reserve by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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  • Ike Evans

    Finally

  • steeltown

    Alright.. lets get Markus some meaningful snaps the rest of the way, hopefully making Sanders expendable

  • Tom

    Glad that DeCastro will be back.
    While not necessarily needed right now, it would be good to get Wheaton some reps to advance his development.

  • Virdin Barzey

    This is all good. So done with #88 and want to see Wheaton thrive. I think he will since he has the work ethic and the right attitude. Shame we aren’t going to get nothing for Sanders and nothing for Ziggy. Someone is doing a really poor job of determining whether these guys are worth keeping or getting rid of them in exchange for picks before they walk.

    We need picks since the rebuilding needed to start a few years ago. We need some tough guys on this team and not the nice whimpy guys on our d-line and o-line. Cameron is heading the right direction and McLendon needs to move from the nose. We desperately need a nose that can clog the middle and stop the run.

    We need a left tackle like we need air. Beachum is a stop gap not a starting left tackle. I would cut Adams or have him be the back up behind Gilbert since that dude stays injured. Until both these lines are fixed, it will be a long season….again

  • Bob Graff

    No one gets it. These players are below average NFL players. There is no help on this roster waiting to come off an injury list that is going to make the least bit of a difference. Is Wheaton better than Sanders maybe but neither are going to help. what is the Steelers record with DeCastro as our starting guard and how many yards per game are we rushing for when he starts? I’m waiting for good players not our past mistakes to play. I will still root for the Steelers but i know it’s going to take some time to right this ship. And i won’t celebrate failed draft choices return to the sideline and starting lineup.

  • Jonas

    Good news..
    Two players who will be part of our Steelers future! I’m always a optimistic fan, I’m now looking at guys like them two.

  • Jonas

    1. DeCastro is beginning to legitimate his 1st-round grade this season

    2. Wheaton even had no chance, convincing or disappointing someone.. In my opinion, he even showed nice approaches in his few plays

    I can understand you anger or disappointment, but the grass is surely not completely wilted. To continue my metaphor, not every new sprout is useless weeds.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I like Sanders. He is rough around the edges but he has a nice skill set. Another year in the starting position Ben and him will be on the right track.

  • Bob Graff

    Like i said no one gets it. There may be a couple average players on this team Ben is upper tier . You ain’t going to find gold in this crab grass. 1. all he has shown is spotty play and injuries 2.Sure give him a chance but watch it very objectively. The rule of thumb from here on out should be your not good because you are a Steeler or a first round draft choice.[ you are good because you are].,

  • SumnerYoung

    Let’s hope Wheaton is targeted 4-5 times a game at least the rest of the season. He has to get open to get the ball of course. I hope he can. Also, if we somehow draft the LT of the future, I still think it should be open competition next year in camp and the preseason for RT and probably LT too. Gilbert, Adams and Beachum should compete to see who starts Game 1 in 2014 at RT. There should be competition at LT too even if they draft Jake Matthews. None of these guys have solidified themselves as NFL caliber players and they need to compete with each other to win a job. That is what preseason is for. Tomlin just hands out jobs to unproven players. Make them compete and select the man who wins the competition. Why doesn’t Tomlin freakin’ get that? It pisses me off.

  • Virdin Barzey

    You may need to go to camp. Trust me you would be less pissed off.

  • SumnerYoung

    Are you trying to tell me that Mike Adams won the LT job in training camp this year? Seems to me he was given the job without a fight.

  • Steve

    Ben won two Superbowls or did you forget? No – we don’t get it!!! My wife has told me that a few times and I never will!!!

  • Bob Graff

    Terry won 4 but he ain’t winning one soon. The time for this group has past. And the replacements are below average players. Honest evaluation of the young players is crucial to a quick turnaround. We have had a bunch of poor drafts recently. All i’m saying is don’t think this draft is good just because the Steelers did it. DeCastro and Wheaton have proven nothing yet on the pro level. I will be honest DeCastro has had 2 above average games in his career, none for Wheaton.

  • steeltown

    How much are you willing to pay for him? I don’t believe he’s worth what his asking price will be

  • Virdin Barzey

    Agreed. Plus he’s not very good when the defender gets physical with him. Add to that he seems not to get that sometimes you have to stop the defender from getting the ball. Unlike Brown he needs to attack the ball not wait for a perfect throw which he drops at crucial moments. He’s not as bad as Mike Wallet but I would have traded him but not to NE.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    3M up to 4M with incentives.

  • steeltown

    I would keep E.Sanders for 3M a year, I doubt he’d take that offer especially if he hits 1,000yds rec

  • Shannon Stephenson

    After Wallace got around 9M Sanders is probably in the 5-7M range especially if he hits 1K yards receiving

  • steeltown

    That’s what I was thinking, he wont want less than 5M

  • steeltown

    DeCastro will end making the probowl, if not this season, next, he’s graded as the 5th or 6th best OG in the League right now and that’s after almost missing his entire rookie season

    Your frustration has blinded you, yes we lack talent and/or depth at certain positions, but the sky is not falling

  • Bob Graff

    No the sky is no longer falling it has hit the ground. Ok i get it we have the one of the best guards in the league. But we have yet to have a 100 yard rusher this season , You know what you have no idea what you are talking about our o-line sucks. Grade that