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    DeCastro probably a go

    By Alan Robinson

    Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
    Updated 5 hours ago

    First-round draft pick David DeCastro might be ready to make his first NFL start.
    With left guard Willie Colon (knee) out for at least a couple of weeks following knee surgery Monday, DeCastro will work with the starters. Ramon Foster would shift to left guard, and All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey would stay at his preferred position.
    DeCastro has played only on special teams.
    “If we like what we see, he may have an opportunity to play,” coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.


    Updated: December 11, 2012, 4:23 PM ET

    Associated Press

    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."

    Should DeCastro prove ready, Ramon Foster would move over to left guard, allowing All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey to stay at his given position.

    In past years, an injury such as the one DeCastro sustained Aug. 25 in Buffalo might have meant a lost rookie season. But with modified injured reserve rules implemented this season, DeCastro was placed on an IR list that allowed him to come back after eight weeks. He did not, however, immediately regain the starting job he won early in camp. The Steelers instead chose to ease him into NFL life.

    "With a guy like him, it's more than health because he doesn't have a lot of playing background," Tomlin said. "So although he's been healthy, practice has been good for him, the technique growth and development has been good for him, just simply playing professional football has been good for him. So although he's been healthy, we still thought he had room for growth from an overall readiness standpoint."

    Tomlin did not guarantee DeCastro would start Sunday but did make reference to Foster's familiarity with left guard and the preference to return Pouncey to his most comfortable position.

    ---I was reluctant to post this info since it is a bit early. But since many had no idea how really ready to play DeCastro is I did anyway. Of course Wednesday will be a hard workout and if all goes well my guess is we see DeCastro Sunday.

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    If it keeps Legursky out of the line up how could they possibly not do it. He was blown up Sunday more times than I could count. All I saw was "64" being pushed backwards.

    It appears that we need to still be looking for OL in the upcoming draft.
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    All I can say is, I hope he's fully healed. If we ruin his career by messing up his knee due to bringing him back too soon, all for the sake of trying to help a mediocre team limp into the playoffs, what a waste IMO.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo
    It appears that we need to still be looking for OL in the upcoming draft.
    The way we go through OL, we'd better get a tackle, guard and a center. I have a bad feeling about Gilbert Grape, Starks ain't getting any younger, and Colon is about to blow.

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    If Double D plays like he looked in college, our running game is ready to take off. Rainey running left behind a pulling Double D could be a lot like watching FWP XL TD runs over and over and over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser View Post
    All I can say is, I hope he's fully healed. If we ruin his career by messing up his knee due to bringing him back too soon, all for the sake of trying to help a mediocre team limp into the playoffs, what a waste IMO.


    The way we go through OL, we'd better get a tackle, guard and a center. I have a bad feeling about Gilbert Grape, Starks ain't getting any younger, and Colon is about to blow.
    Until someone can take Starks' job away from him he is the best option we have at LT and I hope we keep him.

    Colon will be a cap casualty in all probability unless he would add a big "dead money" hit against the cap. IIRC he just renegotiated his contract before the season to clear cap space so the "dead money" may be an issue.

    There are some outstanding Guards that will likely be available when we pick in Round 1. Do you get another and build the most dominant interior OL in the NFL with DeCasto-Pouncey-new #1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    Until someone can take Starks' job away from him he is the best option we have at LT and I hope we keep him.

    Colon will be a cap casualty in all probability unless he would add a big "dead money" hit against the cap. IIRC he just renegotiated his contract before the season to clear cap space so the "dead money" may be an issue.

    There are some outstanding Guards that will likely be available when we pick in Round 1. Do you get another and build the most dominant interior OL in the NFL with DeCasto-Pouncey-new #1?
    Completely agree on Starks. As for Colon, there is a significant dead money issue - I think he would count about $6 million against the cap if cut. Releasing him would only save about $1 million, and when you factor in the cost of a replacement, there is barely any savings at all. I think Colon will return, hopefully in better shape.

    The idea of another OG is intriguing, but I think other needs (playmaker at WR if Wallace leaves, OLB, ILB, S, RB) will trump OG in the draft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyesq View Post
    Completely agree on Starks. As for Colon, there is a significant dead money issue - I think he would count about $6 million against the cap if cut. Releasing him would only save about $1 million, and when you factor in the cost of a replacement, there is barely any savings at all. I think Colon will return, hopefully in better shape.

    The idea of another OG is intriguing, but I think other needs (playmaker at WR if Wallace leaves, OLB, ILB, S, RB) will trump OG in the draft.
    Understand that OG may not look as a priority but from a BPA perspective if we could get Chance Warmack (Ala) or John Cooper (NC) in round one we will have a great middle three anchoring the OL for the next 5-6 years.

    If they dump Wallace, and I think they will, a WR in Round 1 is a real possibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    Understand that OG may not look as a priority but from a BPA perspective if we could get Chance Warmack (Ala) or John Cooper (NC) in round one we will have a great middle three anchoring the OL for the next 5-6 years.

    If they dump Wallace, and I think they will, a WR in Round 1 is a real possibility.
    Here is a OG for ya....

    Laken Tomlinson of Duke. He is a redshirt sophomore and could declare this season. I think he'll be a better pro than Warmack or Cooper.

    If we cut Colon, we could draft a guard as Foster will be a UFA.
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    Steeler rookie tackle Beachum learning on the fly

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/S...e-fly-99050574


    UPDATED DEC 13, 2012 6:05 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH (AP)
    Kelvin Beachum and David DeCastro were separated by 224 picks - and an avalanche of expectations - in last April's NFL Draft.


    The Steelers considered DeCastro a steal with the 24th overall selection, a plug-and-play talent they could pencil in at right guard for the next decade. Beachum almost wasn't taken at all, a seventh-round flier who arrived in Pittsburgh as the fourth (and last) option at offensive tackle.


    On Sunday, with the Steelers (7-6) clinging to their playoff lives in Dallas, the sure thing and the project will line up next to each other on the right side of the line.


    And the weird thing is, Beachum will be the seasoned one.


    The soft-spoken 23-year-old will make his third straight start against the Cowboys while DeCastro will make his regular-season debut after suffering a right knee injury in August that nearly cost him his rookie year.


    If anything, Beachum's steady play has helped quell any butterflies DeCastro may have as his first start looms.


    ''Seeing how well (Kelvin) has fit in certainly gives me more confidence as well,'' DeCastro said. ''I've waited a long time for this game, but that's life. Adversity comes along, but how well you can deal with it is the key to success. And I think I've dealt with it pretty well so far.''


    So has Beachum, who spent four years playing left tackle at SMU but figured there was no chance he'd hear his name called during the draft. He was so certain he would have to take his chances as a rookie free agent Beachum went to a family reunion on the draft's final day.


    Driving back to campus, Beachum's phone buzzed and told him to hurry home. A short time later Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert called and urged Beachum to get packing after Pittsburgh took him with the team's final pick, No. 248 overall.


    Eight months later, the 6-foot-3, 306-pound kid with the boyish face will line up in Cowboys Stadium - about 90 minutes north of his hometown of Mexia, Texas - and see Dallas defensive end Marcus Spears on the other side of the line of scrimmage.


    Pretty heady territory for a kid who grew up in a school of 600 students simply hoping to land an athletic scholarship, though Beachum insists he won't be overcome by the moment.


    Yeah, it's the NFL. It's still just football.


    ''They get paid just like you get paid,'' Beachum said. ''They might get paid a little more, but you need to go out there and perform and put your best foot forward.''


    Something Beachum has done since being pressed into service following injuries to Marcus Gilbert, Mike Adams and Willie Colon. Beachum made his first start in Baltimore two weeks ago and helped keep backup quarterback Charlie Batch out of trouble as the Steelers rallied for a season-saving 23-20 victory.


    The going was significantly rougher in last week's 34-24 whipping by San Diego, though Beachum was hardly alone as the Steelers struggled to get anything going offensively until the game was well out of reach.


    He expects to bounce back this week. Having DeCastro line up next to him won't hurt. Beachum joked the two were ''making history'' though the Steelers will settle for the rookies creating running room for backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman.


    Offensive coordinator Todd Haley just smiled when asked if he's ever been in a situation where the entire NFL careers of the right side of the line is a combined four games. It's not exactly the lineup Haley envisioned in August.


    ''We've been in some pretty sticky situations but that's kind of how this year has been for this group,'' Haley said. ''We haven't always performed the way that we'd like or up to our abilities, but I do think that with some of the adversity we've had to face through some of these injuries, it's forced the guys to become extra cohesive and look out for our own.''


    DeCastro and Beachum will certainly be looking out for each other on Sunday as the Steelers try to build some momentum heading into a showdown with Cincinnati on Dec. 23 that will likely determine which team plays into January.


    ''We're great together,'' DeCastro said. ''(Kelvin's) obviously a smart guy, and I think we'll work well together.''


    The Steelers need them to if they expect to play into January. All niceties aside, Beachum really is the last option. Gilbert is out for the season with an ankle injury, Adams - the team's second-round pick in April - is out indefinitely with his own ankle problem and Colon is down with a balky knee.


    Suddenly, Pittsburgh's Mr. Irrelevant is very relevant. Though Beachum understands he's unlikely to be the starter when everyone gets healthy, even if that's not until next summer, he doesn't try to think about what each snap means in terms of his future.


    ''You've got to man up, that's pretty much it,'' Beachum said. ''It's simple man. You take it by the horns and you roll with it. You don't have time to think about what can happen, you've just got to block the guy in front of you.''


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    NOTES: LB LaMarr Woodley practiced again Thursday and appears ready to start in Dallas. Woodley has missed the last two weeks with a sprained ankle ... LB James Harrison missed his second straight practice with an illness ... S Troy Polamalu also skipped practice but it was deemed ''not injury'' related. ... The Cowboys (7-6) are a game behind the Giants in the NFC East.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser View Post
    All I can say is, I hope he's fully healed. If we ruin his career by messing up his knee due to bringing him back too soon, all for the sake of trying to help a mediocre team limp into the playoffs, what a waste IMO.


    The way we go through OL, we'd better get a tackle, guard and a center. I have a bad feeling about Gilbert Grape, Starks ain't getting any younger, and Colon is about to blow.
    The docs are not going to approve him coming back before he is ready.
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