Around The AFC North: Steelers Guard David DeCastro Not Heading To IR (Yet)

Aug 25, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers rookie offensive guard David DeCastro (66) is down injured during the first quarter in the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. DeCastro was taken off the field on a cart. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

David DeCastro tore an MCL, dislocated knee cap with damage in the patellar tendon against the Buffalo Bills Saturday night and conflicting reports emerged about whether he tore his ACL as well. In the medical industry, they called DeCastro's injury "wow you f%*ked that knee up"-itis. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes:

First, there will be surgery on his knee, then the grueling rehabilitation period followed by dreary workout routines to return his body back to the form it had been before that damaging second offense series by the Steelers Saturday night in Buffalo.

Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler told the Pittsburgh Tribute-Review (what is it with Pittsburgh and hyphens) that DeCastro isn't going on Injured Reserve.

“Fortunately, he’s not done for the year,” Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler told Trib Total Media. “It is going to be a long comeback for him, but just the fact that it wasn’t something devastating that ended his year (is positive.)”

We're not sure how much Mike Tomlin and the Steelers front office appreciate an offensive line coach providing insight on the team's roster plans, considering that DeCastro will be forced to use a spot on the 53-man roster while he rehabilitates. Dr. James Bradley will conduct the surgery on DeCastro's knee this week.

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