Report: David DeCastro Has Torn MCL, Team Unsure If ACL Is Torn

August 19, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro (66) on the sidelines against the Indianapolis Colts during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Sunday morning, Steelers RG David DeCastro has a torn MCL, but the team isn't sure at this time whether his ACL is also torn.

Schefter says DeCastro is scheduled to undergo an MRI around lunchtime today to get an official diagnosis.

If it's just a torn MCL, it's likely DeCastro would return to the field in 2012. There are three grades of torn MCLs, 1, 2 and 3, with one being the least severe. Grade 3 MCL tears usually require 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Torn MCL's do not typically require surgery.

It's all connected to any damage potentially done to the ACL. A torn ACL would mean he would miss the entire season.

The report itself doesn't suggest the ACL is not torn, it's just they feel the MCL is definitely torn, meaning DeCastro should expect to miss At least the first few games, but it's a glimmer of hope that the rookie may not miss his entire first season in the NFL.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker