At Mike Tomlin’s end of the year press conference, he said his football team was relatively healthy heading into the offseason. He even stated there weren’t any known surgeries on the schedule for players.
Whether he didn’t know about David DeCastro’s injured ankle, or he chose not to mention it, it is now being reported DeCastro has undergone ankle surgery to repair an injury to the joint.
This per Charles Robinson of Yahoo!:
#Steelers All Pro guard David DeCastro had an ankle surgery procedure this week. I’m told that’s why he pulled out of the Pro Bowl. From what I understand, the surgery went as well as could be expected and he won’t miss extended time in the offseason program.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) January 18, 2020
The ankle injury is reportedly what forced DeCastro pull out of the Pro Bowl next week, along with Maurkice Pouncey who is dealing with a knee injury sustained in Week 16. From what Robinson found out, the surgery went well and shouldn’t impede DeCastro’s offseason workouts.
- It is at this point where you have to wonder how many of the Steelers, offensively and defensively, were playing with injuries during the 2019 season. Sure, every team, and every player, is banged up in one way or another, but an injury which requires surgery is different. DeCastro didn’t appear on any injury report during the regular season due to the injury, so when it occurred is unknown at this time. However, it could have been an injury which was ongoing and he chose to get it fixed in the offseason.
The Steelers now embark on another lengthy offseason, and any other players who require surgery this offseason will be reported here at BTSC. So, stay tuned for all the latest news and notes surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers heading into the 2020 season.