Steelers OL DeCastro back at work, preps for debut

CHRIS ADAMSKI Associated Press Published:

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin could barely contain themselves on draft day when David DeCastro fell to Pittsburgh at No. 24.

Eight months later, it appears they'll finally get a chance to see him line up at guard in a regular-season game.

Left guard Willie Colon had surgery on his left knee on Monday and could be out for the season. Tomlin said Tuesday that DeCastro will be worked in at right guard during practice this week and could start Sunday when the Steelers (7-6) play at Dallas (7-6).

After quickly earning his way onto the first team, DeCastro sustained a torn MCL during the Steelers' third preseason game and did not return to practice until mid-November. He was in uniform the past two games but only used on special teams.

"We're ready to take the next step," Tomlin said. "Potentially, this week -- depending on how that preparation looks."

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