Steelers first-round pick DeCastro carted off field

Posted Aug. 25, 2012 @ 9:07 p.m.
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Steelers rookie ORG David DeCastro was carted off the field after hurting his right knee early into Pittsburgh's preseason game against the Bills on Saturday night.

The Steelers announced DeCastro would not return after he was hurt while pass blocking as Pittsburgh faced 3rd-and-8 at its 6-yard line on its second possession. DeCastro's right leg twisted beneath him after being bowled over by DT Marcell Dareus.

DeCastro lay in the endzone for a few minutes as trainers worked on his leg. He briefly got up on his own, but was unable to put any weight on his right leg. He took a few hops before trainers stopped him and called for a cart.

DeCastro was drafted 24th overall out of Stanford.

The Steelers also lost DE Brett Keisel, who hurt his left ankle late in the first quarter. Keisel did not return for the next series of defensive plays, and the Steelers announced his return was questionable. Keisel was not spotted on the sideline.

Pittsburgh's defensive line is already depleted with DT Casey Hampton sitting out his third preseason game while coming off right knee surgery. Hampton is practicing with the team after being activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list on Aug. 17.


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