Pittsburgh Steelers rookie first-round pick, offensive guard David DeCastro, is expected to make his NFL debut Sunday when the Steelers visit the Baltimore Ravens for a critical AFC North division showdown (4:25 p.m. on CBS).
On Tuesday, a report by WDVE's Mike Prisuta revealed DeCastro is returning a changed player.
"A learning experience," DeCastro assessed. "You learn a lot about yourself when you get hurt and you're out and you miss it.
"I'll probably never take the game for granted again. I'm ready to go."
DeCastro, a 6'5, 316-pound product out of Stanford University, was activated from the reserve/injured list on Monday after being out since Aug. 25 with a knee injury.
The 22-year-old's return could help out the Steelers struggling offensive line, which is banged up and was one of the big reasons why Pittsburgh turned the ball over eight times in a 20-14 road loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Currently, right tackle Marcus Gilbert (out for another week), left guard Willie Colon and right tackle Mike Adams are all banged up. DeCastro will, at least, provide depth that will be needed against a solid Ravens' defense.