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Guard David DeCastro Preps for First Start for the Pittsburgh Steelers

December 14th, 2012 at 11:21 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers again head into a Sunday afternoon match-up with the Dallas Cowboys with question marks along the offensive line. As what has become commonplace, they will have one new starter and one relocated starter protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

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Of course, the new starter is guard David DeCastro, the coveted first round selection out of Stanford.  The highly regarded prospect has played sparingly since being activated from injured reserve after suffering a knee injury against the Buffalo Bills during preseason. Prior to the injury, DeCastro had earned the starting right guard position, and looked to be the player had hoped for when the scooped him up on draft day.

The Steelers were forced to make this move when starting left guard Willie Colon underwent knee surgery earlier in the week, and the team moved right guard Ramon Foster to the left side for Colon. This move will also mean that the entire right side of the offensive line will be rookies with DeCastro, and tackle Kelvin Beachum, who has developed nicely since being forced into action.

With Colon (Knee), Ike Taylor (Ankle), Mike Adams (Ankle) already out, and cornerback Cortez Allen (Hip) doubtful, the inactive list seems to be taking shape. One player who looks to be off that list and prepared to return is linebacker LaMarr Woodley (Ankle), who is probable. Joining Woodley as probable on the injury report are wide receivers Antonio Brown (Illness), Emmanuel Sanders (Shoulder) and Plaxico Burress (Personal), cornerback Keenan Lewis (Hip), safety Troy Polamalu (Calf), linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (Illness) and long snapper Greg


Tags: Ben Roethlisberger, Cortez Allen, Dallas Cowboys, David DeCastro, Football, Ike Taylor, Kelvin Beachum, Mike Adams, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ramon Foster, Willie Colon

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