David DeCastro was eager to test out his fractured hand during Pittsburgh Steelers practice Wednesday. It didn’t go well – so poorly that DeCastro didn’t even both trying Thursday.
DeCastro did not sound optimistic about his chances of playing Monday night at Tampa Bay. The All Pro guard missed Sunday’s game – the first he’d missed because of injury since 2013 – after suffering (and playing through) a hand fracture in Week 1.
After not practicing at all last week, DeCastro confirmed he left Wednesday’s practice early after realizing that his trial run of testing out the hand showed him he couldn’t continue.
“It was frustrating,” DeCastro said. “You’ve got to kind of see where you’re at. Sometimes it doesn’t go the way you want it to go, so you’ve just got to take it day by day, it’s tough and it’s tough seeing guys out there without you.”
DeCastro said that his hand “didn’t feel good” and that he’s “taking it day by day.”
Making matters worse is that he wasn’t the only offensive lineman who missed practice Thursday, albeit Maurkice Pouncey’s off day was not injury related. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert missed because of a hamstring injury.
In other injury news, safety Morgan Burnett (groin) was limited at practice and reserve defensive lineman Tyson Alualu (shoulder) was a full participant after he missed a game because of injury Sunday for the first time in his nine-year career.
Ramon Foster (knee) was a full practice participant.
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