Aug 25, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers rookie offensive guard David DeCastro (66) is down injured during the first quarter in the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. DeCastro was taken off the field on a cart. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
Steelers RG David DeCastro suffered injuries to the ACL and MCL in his right knee, and "will be out for a while," according to a source who spoke with NFL Network Sunday morning.
DeCastro was injured on the team's second drive of its third preseason game, a 38-7 win over Buffalo.
Veteran Ramon Foster would likely start at right guard in what seems to be probable scenario DeCastro is lost for the season.
DeCastro, the team's first-round draft pick in 2011, was expected to be one of the top rookies in the league this season, en route to an outstanding career. Teamed with C Maurkice Pouncey, the interior of the Steelers offensive like was to be stabilized immediately, if not dominant, as the two became the centerpieces of a young offensive line.
It appears the Steelers will have to wait at least a season for that to begin. In the meantime, the Steelers prepare for their fourth preseason game vs. Carolina Thursday, with the season beginning Sept. 9 in Denver.