Steelers’ David DeCastro: Hand injury ‘more serious’ than anticipated |

Steelers’ David DeCastro: Hand injury ‘more serious’ than anticipated

Joe Rutter
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers guard David DeCastro lead blocks for James Conner against the Titans Saturday Aug. 25, 2018 at Heinz Field.

The most durable and some would say indispensable player on the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line did not practice Wednesday and is unsure of whether he will start Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

All-Pro guard David DeCastro is dealing with a fractured right hand that he said is a “little more serious than I thought it would be.”

DeCastro is waiting to be fitted for a brace that will provide protection for his hand. First, the swelling has to subside.

DeCastro believes he can still play Sunday even if he can’t practice Thursday or Friday.

“I’m old enough now,” he said. “We’ll see how the swelling goes.”

If DeCastro can’t start against the Chiefs, the job will go to B.J. Finney, who has filled in at left guard for Ramon Foster but never on the right side.

“I have to make sure I’m good enough that I’m better than B.J. Finney out there,” DeCastro said, “because if I’m not, it’s just me being selfish.”

DeCastro hasn’t missed a game because of injury since the middle of the 2013 season. From Week 10 of that year until the 2017 regular-season finale when he was a healthy scratch against Cleveland, DeCastro had started 71 consecutive games and played 4,841 of 4,843 snaps.

“It’s been a long time,” he said. “You’ve got to acknowledge that. It’s tough, but you never take it for granted when you’re out there.”

Even after breaking his hand in the second half Sunday, DeCastro missed all of two snaps. He called the injury “freakish” and isn’t even sure how it happened.

“I knew something was wrong,” he said. “It was a little crunchy, but adrenaline is pretty powerful. You have to be smart and make sure you don’t do any more damage to it.”

Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at [email protected] or via Twitter @tribjoerutter.

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