Steelers’ David DeCastro unsure when he’ll return from broken hand
Watching from the sideline was a foreign concept for Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro guard David DeCastro. Until Sunday, he had not missed a game due to injury since the middle of the 2013 season, a string of 72 starts.
One day after the Steelers’ 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, DeCastro said it’s too early to determine whether his broken right hand will heal sufficiently for him to play next Monday night at Tampa Bay.
“I think it’s one of those things where they don’t tell you (the timetable) on purpose so I can just keep hoping that I’m going to play and trick myself into (thinking I’m) playing,” DeCastro said. “They never told me it’s going to be three week, it’s going to be one week, it’s going to be 10 weeks.
“It’s one of those things where you just try to do everything in your best power that day to heal it and you see where you are the next day and see if you can play. Ultimately, if I can do it, I’ll go. If I can’t, I can’t.”
DeCastro, who has worn a wrap on his hand while waiting for the swelling to subside, sat out all three practices last week after breaking his hand in the season opener at Cleveland. The Steelers resume practicing on Wednesday, the first of four in prepartion for the Week 3 matchup.
“I finished the (Cleveland) game so there’s some positives to that,” DeCastro said. “But it’s just making sure it’s protected and not making it worse. I don’t want to take one step forward and take four steps back and miss more time.
“We have a good staff. They’re not worrying about it. They’re being smart. I want to get back out there as much as possible. This is abnormal to me.”
From the sidelines, DeCastro watched the offense get off to a slow start before rallying from a 21-0 deficit to tie the score at halftime. The Steelers continued to run a hurry-up offense in the second half while trying to come back again after falling behind 42-28.
All five offensive linemen, including DeCastro’s replacement, B.J. Finney, played 84 snaps on an 80-degree day.
“It’s a tough spot being down and having to pass every play, but they battled through it,” DeCastro said. “It’s tough watching the guys out there, how tired they are. I’m not even talking to them because I know what it’s like. They don’t want to talk to you, they want to go out there and play.”
Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at [email protected] or via Twitter @tribjoerutter.