In his weekly press conference on Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin gave an update on injured All-Pro guard David DeCastro. According to Tomlin, DeCastro appears ready to return to practice this week and could be available for the Steelers’ Week 3 matchup against the Houston Texans.
David DeCastro is scheduled to practice this week and could be available Sunday to play against Houston depending on how he fares in practice.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) September 22, 2020
Going into the Steelers Week 2 game against the Denver Broncos, the right side of the Steelers offensive line was a large area of concern as both players who started the previous week were out with injuries. On back-to-back plays in Week 1, Stefen Wisniewski left the game with a pectoral injury which will keep him out a minimum of three weeks as he has been placed on the Reserve/Injured List. The next play, Steelers tackle Zach Banner was lost for the season with an ACL injury.
The concern for Week 2 rested some with right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor who was narrowly beat out for the starting job by Banner. The larger concern was with rookie Kevin Dotson who would make his first start of his NFL career at right guard.
When it came to the production of the right side of the offensive line in Week 2, not only was it adequate, it was arguably one of the team’s strengths. And not only did Kevin Dotson prove to not be a liability for the Steelers, he possibly had the best game of any offensive lineman on the Steelers.
So what will the return of DeCastro do to the Steelers offensive line? Will he plug back in at his typical right guard position and Dotson will slide back into the reserve role? Will the Steelers shuffle things around to get the best players on the field?
First and foremost, DeCastro will have to be able to get back on the field to play this week. If not, look for the Steelers to keep the same offensive line which played every snap in their Week 2 victory over the Broncos.
But if the Steelers to get back there All-Pro guard who has been their best offensive lineman over the last several years, having more quality players available then what the Steelers can get on the field is a good problem to have. Exactly how the Steelers will work it out remains to be seen.
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Check out the full run down from Mike Tomlin’s press conference in the short podcast below: