David DeCastro Out With Knee Injury

It’s likely that first-round draft pick rookie David DeCastro won’t get a chance to prove to Steelers fans why he was worth the slot. During Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, DeCastro tore his patella tendon and MCL. According to team officials, this probably means that DeCastro’s rookie year is over before the regular season even starts. After undergoing knee surgery, the young right guard will need to endure extensive rehabilitation, along with workout routines to return to his peak physical condition. This is a devastating loss for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are now losing one of the big reasons most fans expected the O-line to improve this year.

Taking over for DeCastro will be Ramon Foster, who will be back starting at right guard for his third consecutive season. Foster went undrafted in 2010 only to start at right guard for the last eight games of the season. Last season, Doug Legursky was injured early in the Steelers’ schedule, leaving Foster to once again take the position for 14 games.

As far as the Steelers offensive line is concerned, there isn’t a lot of breathing room for any more injuries. At this moment, losing one more offensive line starter would mean that the Steelers would be sent back to the position they were in last year, short men and struggling to put a strong offense on the field capable of carrying the team through the season. As it stands, the likely solution for the Steelers will be keeping one of the young players they hoped to cut after preseason — which could reveal some hidden talent or leave the Pittsburgh offense struggling to convert 3rd and 4th downs.

The Steelers next face the Carolina Panthers on August 30th at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh Steelers tickets are now available for this game and all other Steelers games this season.