Disaster may have just struck the Pittsburgh Steelers' young offensive line. Rookie guard David DeCastro was carted off the field on Saturday night in the Steelers' preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, per Marc Sessler of NFL.com.
UPDATE: Monday, August 27 at 3:49 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
DeCastro is headed for surgery at some point this week according to information gathered from a source by Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Florio:
A source with knowledge of the situation tell PFT that DeCastro will have surgery later this week to repair a knee that was injured during Saturday night’s preseason game against the Bills.
DeCastro has a torn MCL, a dislocated kneecap, and an injury to the patellar tendon. He is expected to miss three-to-five months.
The time table for his return hits me as a bit of a surprise given the damage to his knee, and it also forces the Steelers into making a difficult decision.
With the possibility out there that he could return by the end of November, does Pittsburgh hold his roster sport, or end his season and replace him on the roster by placing him on injured reserve?
At least now, they will be able to see how the surgery goes before the final cuts of the preseason are made.
UPDATE: Sunday, August 26 at 5:36 p.m. EDT by Tim Keeney
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, DeCastro is expected to miss three-to-five months with various injuries in his right knee. Though the official diagnosis will come via a Monday MRI, we’re told that DeCastro currently is believed to have a torn MCL, a dislocated kneecap, and a partially torn patellar tendon.
Ouch. DeCastro was well on his way to establishing himself as one of the best rookie offensive linemen in the game, but this is quite a setback.
Three months would see him return sometime around late November or early December, while the long-end of the estimate would take him until late January or early February.
We'll keep you updated as the official MRI comes in.
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UPDATE: Sunday, August 26 at 1:12 p.m. ET
ESPN's Adam Schefter continues to report the latest on David DeCastro's devastating injury.
"Steelers g David DeCastro dislocated his knee cap, tore his medial collateral ligament and suffered some damage to patellar tendon. But his anterior cruciate ligament is intact, according to sources and Steelers still are unsure if or when he will be able to return this season."
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UPDATE: Sunday, August 26 at 9:23 a.m. ET
ESPN's Adam Schefter has the latest news and offers opinion regarding DeCastro's knee injury.
"Steelers first-round pick David DeCastro has a torn medial collateral ligament but the team is unsure whether he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. DeCastro is scheduled to undergo an MRI at lunchtime to determine the severity of the injury. If it's just a torn MCL, he would be expected to miss about half of this season. If it's a torn MCL and ACL he likely would miss the full season."
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UPDATE: Saturday, August 25 at 11:29 p.m. ET by Jesse Reed
Disaster has officially struck.
DeCastro, though he may have been struggling at times in camp, is still one of the most talented young guards in the NFL. Losing him for any significant amount of time will negatively affect him and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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The Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed released this tweet shortly after the injury occurred:
#Steelers 1st rd pick David Decastro suffered a right knee injury and is out for the rest of the game.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 25, 2012
DeCastro was engaged with Bills DT Marcell Dareus when teammate Marcus Gilbert fell across his right leg, and that appeared to play a part in the injury.
It is unclear at this point how severe the injury is, but from most accounts, it didn't look good. Josh Alper mentioned DeCastro couldn't put any weight on his right leg, as he was taken off the field.
The Steelers are building a solid young offensive line. If this injury is serious, it will obviously stagnate the growth and chemistry of the unit.
Stay tuned for further details as they become available.
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