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David DeCastro | Guard

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/11/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 316
College: Stanford
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Much of the credit goes to Steelers RG David DeCastro, who is emerging as one of the best interior linemen in football. The No. 24 overall pick in the 2012 draft was part of a Steelers offensive line that helped Ben Roethlisberger to go 29-of-45 for 367 yards with four touchdowns and no picks. Big Ben was sacked just once. Mon, Nov 18, 2013 10:27:00 AM

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Steelers RG David DeCastro (ankle) has been fully cleared.

DeCastro's return ahead of Sunday's game against the Bills is excellent news for Le'Veon Bell and the entire Steelers offense. The 2012 first-round pick is ProFootballFocus' No. 3 guard out of 72 qualifiers so far. He's been a beast in the run game.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 12:18:00 PM

Steelers RG David DeCastro (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 9.

It's a blow to Pittsburgh's running game, which will now have to run behind converted tackle Guy Whimper at right guard. Through seven games, DeCastro had graded out as the No. 3 overall guard in Pro Football Focus' ratings.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 04:03:00 PM

RG David DeCastro is getting credit for helping revive the Steelers' running game.

Our Lance Zierlein noticed DeCastro dominating one-on-one battles against the Ravens' supremely talented front seven last week, helping pave the way for Le'Veon Bell's 19/93/0 day. Through seven weeks, DeCastro is No. 5 guard (out of 73 qualifiers) and has allowed just two sacks and two quarterback hits. After a knee injury crippled his rookie year, the 2012 first-rounder is paying major dividends.
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 09:35:00 AM

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "there is no visible evidence" Steelers second-year RG David DeCastro is still bothered by last year's devastating knee injury.

Last August, DeCastro suffered a dislocated kneecap, torn MCL, and partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee. He returned late in the year, but was a shell of the All-American he was at Stanford. A healthy DeCastro will be critical to Pittsburgh's run blocking, where RT Mike Adams is already a rising force.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 10:31:00 AM

Steelers RG David DeCastro (hamstring) is practicing in full this week.

DeCastro appeared on the injury report this week after he was utterly destroyed by Bengals Pro Bowl DT Geno Atkins last Sunday to the tune of two sacks and three quarterback hurries. Atkins, though, has been beating opposing linemen like a drum in recent years, so it can be chalked up as DeCastro's "Welcome to the NFL" moment. He'll be up against Cleveland's strong inside duo of Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin in Week 17.
Thu, Dec 27, 2012 08:49:00 PM

First-round rookie David DeCastro will make his NFL debut as the Steelers' starting right guard at Dallas in Week 15.

Ramon Foster will flip over to left guard, replacing Willie Colon who is out indefinitely following knee surgery. The Steelers will also have a rookie at right tackle in seventh-rounder Kelvin Beachum, making his third straight start. The Chargers had little trouble caving in Pittsburgh's offensive line last week.
Fri, Dec 14, 2012 01:31:00 PM

Steelers activated RG David DeCastro (knee surgery) from I.R./designated for return and promoted OL John Malecki from the practice squad.

They also waived WR David Gilreath. DeCastro suffered several knee injuries during the preseason, but he's had three months to recover and should be able to help the Steelers' offensive line down the stretch. He was the 24th overall pick in April's draft. Malecki is a young journeyman swing lineman.
Mon, Nov 26, 2012 05:23:00 PM

Steelers RG David DeCastro (knee surgery) returned to practice Wednesday.

DeCastro was put on injured reserve with a designation to return after tearing up his knee in the preseason. The Steelers now have two weeks to decide if they'll place him on the active roster. It's unclear if the No. 24 overall pick in the draft would return to a starting job with Ramon Foster showing well at right guard.
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 12:59:00 PM

The Steelers' optimism on rookie RG David DeCastro's (knee surgery) return has reportedly "tempered" of late.

OL coach Sean Kugler offered only that DeCastro has "a chance" to come back this season. The first-rounder has been working out in the pool and riding a stationary bike, but has yet to resume football activities. With Ramon Foster playing well at right guard, there's no need to rush DeCastro back.
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 10:54:00 AM

According to the Beaver County Times, there's a chance rookie RG David DeCastro (knee surgery) might not play this year.

DeCastro is eligible to return for the Nov. 12 game against the Chiefs, but he's not sure when he will be ready to practice. Coach Mike Tomlin suggested two weeks ago that DeCastro had a chance to return for the second half of the season.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 09:40:00 AM

Coach Mike Tomlin suggested Steelers RG David DeCastro (knee surgery) is making progress toward a successful return when eligible in Week 9.

The first-round rookie ran in a straight line Monday and Tomlin said, "I thought it was positive." If DeCastro begins practicing in Week 9, he will beat his original timetable by roughly one month. The Steelers' banged-up offensive line can certainly use the depth.
Source: Scout.com
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 01:36:00 PM

Steelers RG David DeCastro (knee surgery) is "walking without a limp and feels no pain."

DeCastro is just five weeks removed from his operation. "I don’t have any pain, so I’m just working hard to try to get back." On injured reserve with the "designated to return" tag, DeCastro is eligible to be activated as early as Week 9, but his initial timetable had him sidelined until at least early December. It appears he may beat that, but it would be surprising if the Steelers seriously considering bringing him back before Thanksgiving.
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 05:41:00 PM

Steelers assigned RG David DeCastro (knee surgery) the "designated for return" tag on injured reserve.

Players designated for return must spend at least six weeks on I.R., but DeCastro will be lucky to return before mid-December. It's doubtful the Steelers' first-round pick ever gets into a game this season.
Fri, Sep 7, 2012 06:31:00 PM

The Steelers are expected to designate rookie RG David DeCastro (knee surgery) as their injured/reserve player eligible for activation after eight weeks.

DeCastro was never formally placed on I.R., so he's eligible for the designation. In a best-case scenario, DeCastro would return in early December and be available for a playoff run. DeCastro suffered a dislocated kneecap, torn MCL, and partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee on August 25.
Sun, Sep 2, 2012 05:49:00 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Bruce Gradkowski
3Landry Jones
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2LeGarrette Blount
3Dri Archer
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2LeGarrette Blount
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2Dri Archer
FB1Will Johnson
WR11Antonio Brown
2Lance Moore
3Darrius Heyward-Bey
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Justin Brown
3Martavis Bryant
WR31Lance Moore
TE1Heath Miller
2Matt Spaeth
3Michael Palmer
K1Shaun Suisham