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Source: Steelers guard DeCastro has torn MCL
Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick David DeCastro has a torn medial collateral ligament but the team is unsure whether he tore his anterior cruciate ligament, a high-level team source said Sunday morning.
DeCastro, a right guard, is scheduled to undergo an MRI at lunchtime to determine the severity of the injury.
If it’s solely a torn MCL, he would be expected to miss about half of the 2012 season. If it’s a torn MCL and ACL he likely would miss the entire season.
The Steelers are hopeful that because doctors did not detect a torn ACL on Saturday night, the MRI will reveal the same.
DeCastro was hurt while pass blocking as Pittsburgh faced third-and-8 at its 6-yard line on its second possession in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. DeCastro’s right leg twisted beneath him after being bowled over by defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.
DeCastro, the 24th overall selection out of Stanford who started Saturday’s game over Ramon Foster, lay in the end zone for a few minutes as trainers worked on his leg. He briefly got up on his own, but was unable to put any weight on his right leg. He took a few hops before trainers stopped him and called for a cart.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.