PITTSBURGH - APRIL 19: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers practices on April 19, 2010 at the Pittsburgh Steelers South Side training facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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The Steelers easily won their third preseason game, but lost rookie David DeCastro in the process.

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Steelers' David DeCastro Tears MCL, Out Indefinitely

Brutal news out of Pittsburgh today. Steelers first-round guard David DeCastro could miss the entire 2012 season an MCL tear suffered during preseason action against the Buffalo Bills. DeCastro was carted off the field after his right leg was bent backwards as he attempted to block a Buffalo pass rusher in Pittsburgh's own end zone. Head coach Mike Tomlin hinted after the contest that the injury may be severe; on Sunday, his fears were confirmed.

In addition to being terrible news for a young player just beginning his career, this leaves the entire Pittsburgh offensive line in dire straits. DeCastro was considered the most NFL-ready Steelers rookie since center Maurkice Pouncey.

Fellow rookie lineman Mike Adams does not appear ready to take on NFL caliber pass rushers and is battling some (infinitely less severe) knee issues of his own, leaving Max Starks to protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's blind side at left tackle. Meanwhile, with and without DeCastro last night, the interior line struggled against the Bills' terrific front four. Willie Colon was pushed backwards by defenders from both guard spots (he took DeCastro's spot on the left side following the injury, while Ramon Foster settled in at left guard). Pouncey was also exposed a few times in limited action and hasn't appeared to be a truly dominant player since his rookie year. That leaves second-year man Marcus Gilbert, who is solid but unspectacular, at right tackle. Doug Legursky and Mike Adams will play roles as the primary backups for the interior and tackle spots, respectively.

This is a shaky unit at best. Except Todd Haley's offense to incorporate even more quick strikes in the passing game—we saw plenty of those in last night's dress rehearsal—to help mask what should be suspect protection.

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Steelers Vs. Bills: Ben Roethlisberger Blames David DeCastro Injury On FieldTurf

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie David DeCastro suffered a serious injury in a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, and Ben Roethlisberger says it's the FieldTurf at Ralph Wilson Stadium to blame. DeCastro went down in the first half as his knee was bent sideways. He is reported to have an MCL tear, with doctors believing a season-ending ACL tear is a possibility.

Neal Coolong at SB Nation's Steelers blog, Behind The Steel Curtain, examined Roethlisberger's claim:

While it's certainly a concern with others in the league, it's fair to point out the Steelers' starters have suffered four significant knee injuries in their last five games - NT Casey Hampton and LT Max Starks at Denver in last year's playoffs, and RB Rashard Mendenhall in Week 17 at Cleveland before DeCastro went down Saturday - but only DeCastro's came on FieldTurf.

DeCastro is expected to miss at least half the regular season. With a string of devastating knee injuries, Roethlisberger and his teammates may be looking for any answer they can find.

For more on the Pittsburgh Steelers, visit Behind The Steel Curtain. For all things pro football, head to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Steelers Vs. Bills: After David DeCastro's Injury, Steelers To Look To Ramon Foster

Steelers rookie David DeCastro will miss at least half the season after suffering a knee injury in a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. DeCastro, the 24th pick overall in April's draft, was projected to be a starter on the offensive line for Pittsburgh, but now the team is forced to look elsewhere. The most likely replacement is Ramon Foster, a fourth-year player out of the University of Tennessee.

Foster has played in 41 games since coming to the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He has logged 26 career starts, including 14 a season ago. He was Pittsburgh's best pass blocker in 2011, according to Steelers Depot.

For more on the Steelers, and analysis of how the team moves forward after this injury, head over to Behind The Steel Curtain. For all things pro football, be sure to check out SB Nation's NFL Hub.

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David DeCastro Injury: Knee Problem For Steelers Rookie 'Potentially Severe'

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie David DeCastro could potentially miss the entire season after suffering a knee injury in a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. The 2012 first-round pick was carted off after having his knee bent sideways near the goal line in the first half.

The knee injury is confirmed as an MCL tear, but team doctors are still investigating whether or not there was damage to the ACL, Adam Schefter reported on Sunday. ACL tears have a longer recovery time than MCLs, and that would keep DeCastro out for all of 2012. If only the MCL is hurt, a return this season would be likely.

Coach Mike Tomlin was cautious when describing the injury:

"It’s potentially severe, but we’ll see what the MRI says," Tomlin said of DeCastro’s injury.

DeCastro was an All-American at Stanford and the No. 24 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft.

For more on the Steelers and analysis on this injury, head over to Behind The Steel Curtain. For all things pro football, head over to SB Nation's NFL Hub.

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