After spending the majority of the year on the NFL’s new injured reserve/designated to return list, the Pittsburgh Steelers have activated rookie guard David DeCastro, the 24th-overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft after he was highly regarded as one of, if not the best guard prospect (Kevin Zeitler has disproved that theory for now). After the former Stanford Cardinal seriously damaged his ACL and MCL in the preseason against the Bills, he was placed on the designated IR, as the team believed he would be able to come back at some point and contribute to the team.
Due to the amount of injuries on the Steelers offensive line, DeCastro could actually go from being on injured reserve list for the past 15 weeks, to starting Sunday only a week after practicing in a limited capacity. Oh yeah, and it will be up against All-Pro nose tackle Haloti Ngata.
Baptism by fire.
Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur expects Brandon Weeden to play in Sunday’s game against the Raiders after he suffered a concussion in the 4th-quarter of Sunday’s 20-14 win over the Steelers.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review believes Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin wants to stick with Jonathan Dwyer as the teams’ feature runningback.