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

Steelers Place David DeCastro In The New IR

The Steelers placed David DeCastro on the new IR, which means he could return this season.

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David DeCastro Will Not Go On Injured Reserve, According To Report

Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive lineman David DeCastro will reportedly not go on the injured reserve following knee surgery. The The 6'5", 316-pound guard was injured during Saturday night's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.

Mark Kaboly, Steelers writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, tweeted that the first-round pick will miss the injured reserve list.

Mark Florio of reported that DeCastro will have surgery this week to repair injuries that include "a torn MCL, a dislocated kneecap, and an injury to the patellar tendon." Florio reports that the rookie is "expected to miss three to five months."

NFL teams are required to cut down active rosters from 75 to 53 players by Friday.

The Steelers have one more preseason game, Thursday at home against the Carolina Panthers, before starting the regular season on Sunday, September 9 in Denver against the Broncos.

For more on the Steelers, head over to Behind the Steel Curtain and continue to check out SB Nation Pittsburgh for the latest news and updates on the team.


David DeCastro Injury: FieldTurf To Blame?

Rookie offensive guard David DeCastro, the Pittsburgh Steelers' first-round draft choice in the 2012 NFL Draft, is likely going to miss his entire rookie season with injuries to his ACL and MCL sustained during last night's 38-7 preseason victory over Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Who is to blame for this injury? If you ask Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, he'd say the FieldTurf playing surface at Buffalo.

"It’s just FieldTurf — this is a great field, but FieldTurf is just killing guys because they can’t get their feet out of the ground." He added, "It’s just another reason we should get rid of FieldTurf."

While we will never be able to tell whether or not DeCastro's injury could have been avoided were Buffalo's field natural grass, the argument that FieldTurf causes lower body injuries is hardly a new one. Regardless, this injury is a significant blow to the Pittsburgh offensive line, which was likely to rely on the rookie heavily in the guard rotation.

For more Steelers coverage, visit Behind the Steel Curtain and SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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