Steelers first-round pick David DeCastro has a torn medial collateral ligament but the team is unsure whether he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. DeCastro is scheduled to undergo an MRI at lunchtime to determine the severity of the injury. If it's just a torn MCL, he would be expected to miss about half of this season. If it's a torn MCL and ACL he likely would miss the full season. http://say.ly/tKD42Wg
MCL is NO joke, but I sure am hoping that's what it is right now. If you come back too early from an MCL injury, it can be a lingering season-long injury. Just look a Troy a couple years back.
David DeCastro has torn MCL
Updated: August 26, 2012, 9:30 AM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN
Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick David DeCastro has a torn medial collateral ligament but the team is unsure whether he tore his anterior cruciate ligament, a high-level team source said Sunday morning.
DeCastro, a right guard, is scheduled to undergo an MRI at lunchtime to determine the severity of the injury.
If it's just a torn MCL, he would be expected to miss about half of the 2012 season. If it's a torn MCL and ACL he likely would miss the entire season.
The Steelers are hopeful that because doctors did not detect a torn ACL on Saturday night, the MRI will reveal the same -- but they anxiously are awaiting the results.
DeCastro was hurt while pass blocking as Pittsburgh faced third-and-8 at its 6-yard line on its second possession in Saturday night's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. DeCastro's right leg twisted beneath him after being bowled over by defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.
DeCastro, the 24th overall selection out of Stanford who started Saturday's game over Ramon Foster, lay in the end zone 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.
I thought it was just an MCL the way it got hit from the outside. I would have thought his foot would have needed to have been planted and twisted to get the ACL and that didn't seem to be the case. But I haven't seen the replay.
an MCL tear may heal in anywhere from 4-8 weeks. With the high class medical treatment and rehab a professional football players receives, I would hope that it shouldn't take more than 6 weeks. Certainly I expect to see him wearing a knee orthosis the rest of the season and possibly into next year...basically the metal uprights on the inside and outside of the brace will give the knee the sideways stability lost from the ligament injury. It is much easier to control and stabilize that motion than it is the front-back motion from an ACL tear. There is a fairly definitive and easy to conduct test for ACL/PCL injuries, so if there was a complete tear of the ACL then the team doctors should have been able to identify it without the MRI.
If this is just an MCL injury then Decastro and the Steelers got majorly lucky.
I was at the game...saw it on the big screen.
I did my 1st 2 yrs in college as an athletic trainer. I'm about 90% right on injuries projections merely from observation.
From what I saw:
- Looking at the direction from where he took the hit....Not good on the MCL but only a slight chance of an ACL tear.
- unlike a lot of ligaments, the ACL has a lot of blood flow to it. Initial swelling is present and a trainer would have NEVER let him stand up if he saw the swelling. He would have been lifted onto the CART.
- He was in a lot of Pain, something more common from an MCL tear...but that wouldn't negate the fact that the ACL was torn too.
Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...
Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...
Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...!!!