While fans were anxious to see what rookie running back Le’Veon Bell could do in game, guard David DeCastro thought it was the right move to have him sit against the Giants with his sore knee.
“I have seen a little bit of what he can do in training camp and it’s impressive,” said DeCastro. “I want him to be healthy for the season. We have a long road ahead of us. You don’t want to risk anything now for a preseason game.”
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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.
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Rookie guard David DeCastro, who suffered a significant knee injury against the Buffalo Bills Saturday night, will have surgery on Wednesday.
“I have no update on David DeCastro,” said Tomlin. “He has surgery scheduled. I’ll update you guys after the surgery.”
Tomlin said that teammates were disappointed for DeCastro, the team’s number one pick this year, after the injury which could have him sidelined for a while.
“The guy is injured and you feel sorry for him on a personal level,” said Tomlin.
“Professionally, we understand that this is as much a part of the game as blocking and tackling. So, we move on.”
DeCastro’s teammates said he was upbeat when he was at the team’s practice facility on Monday, and when asked about that Tomlin joked about the quiet, reserved DeCastro.
“Well, those of you that know DeCastro, know that upbeat for him is a stretch,” said Tomlin.
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Bringing you the latest pictures from camp.
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When you see Maurkice Pouncey walking around campus at St. Vincent College during training camp, it’s rare to see him without a smile on his face. That is just the way Pouncey is, always happy, always friendly.
But get him on the field, and it’s a whole different ball game.
“I am a totally different dude. I lock in, try to be a warrior, go as hard as I can and go out there and lead,” said Pouncey. “It gets me going. I want to go out there and just play. I don’t think about being a nice guy. I will shake your hand after the game, but in the game it’s not happening.”
Pouncey isn’t the only one who brings intensity. Guard Willie Colon definitely has the same approach.
“He is a dog,” said Pouncey. “He is a big dude in there, a monster. It is the same with us every year. You go out there and beat up on the guy across from you and try to get a win every game.”
Rookie David DeCastro is also fitting the bill. While he might be quiet, he is intense.
“He looks like a military dude,” said Pouncey. “He is too serious sometimes but he is a great guy to have on the field. He doesn’t say anything at all.”
DeCastro is a man of few words when talking to the media, and even that way at times with his new teammates.
“We call him ‘Mr. Personality,’” said Pouncey. “We have to try and joke with him. He went to a school where it was school, school, school and then football so he didn’t learn how to have fun.”
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Defensive end Brett Keisel is looking forward to the first training camp practice, when the speed picks up and the team gets their first real look at what young players are capable of.
“I am very excited,” said Keisel. “We have a young group of guys coming in here. This is where you define your team and figure out who is going to help you win games throughout the season. You don’t know what guys are capable of until they put on the pads and go full speed. It will be interesting to see who steps up and makes plays.”
Keisel, who is in his 11th training camp, has advice for the young players.
“You can’t slow down,” said Keisel. “Yu have to work your tail off every day. Nothing is going to be given to you. You only get so many reps and it’s what you do with those reps that decide if you are going to make this team or not.”
Camp practices will give Keisel and the defensive line a true feeling of what rookie offensive linemen David DeCastro and Mike Adams are capable of.
“We have seen what they do with a college uniform on,” said Keisel, “Let’s see what they do with a Steelers uniform on.”
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