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Steelers still unsure about David DeCastro's return to action

David DeCasto has been out of action since Aug. 25, when he suffered a right knee injury.


Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro remains uncertain about his return. The Steelers selected DeCastro in the first round of the 2012 draft, but the former Stanford standout injured his right knee during Pittsburgh's third preseason game, against the Buffalo Bills.

On the play, he suffered a torn medial collateral ligament, a dislocated kneecap, and damage to his patellar tendon. This happened when the 316-pound guard's knee buckled. He had surgery a few days later. The team was initially optimistic about DeCastro's chances this season, but that enthusiasm seems to have cooled off.

With fill-in Ramon Foster performing well at right guard, DeCastro is in no rush to return. He attends all practices and meetings, and is working out in the pool and on the stationary bike. Still, DeCastro has not resumed football-related activities.

According to offensive line coach Sean Kugler, "It is all on [DeCastro's] timetable." The Steelers offensive line has done good job protecting Ben Roethlisberger, allowing only 14 sacks all season.

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