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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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