Guard David DeCastro, who is on injured reserve/designated for return, returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since he injured his knee against the Buffalo Bills in the preseason.
DeCastro said it felt good running and was happy to be back in football mode.
“It went well,” said DeCastro after practice. “I feel like it’s been a long, long time. I have been doing stuff with the assistant strength coach, football stuff but nothing like going against NFL players.”
The Steelers have 21 days from now to determine if DeCastro will be activated or placed on injured reserve, but he has not placed any timetable on a return or if he will be back on the field this season.
“I am just trying to come out every day and get better, get healthier,” said DeCastro. “There is some room to improve and get strength back and endurance. I didn’t have any expectations. I just was going in to see how it felt and it felt strong.
“I am going to control what I can control. I want to get healthier and stronger and get myself in the best position to play if I need to. I think just being healthy and in good shape says a lot.”
While DeCastro did practice on Wednesday, six others didn’t including WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), DE Evander Hood (back), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs), S Troy Polamalu (calf), and QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder). Receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) was limited in practice while S Will Allen (shoulder), RB Isaac Redman (concussion), and LB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring) were full participants.