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Old 08-25-2012, 10:21 PM   #11
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Default Re: David DeCastro carted off field with right knee injury

Steelers’ DeCastro carted off with injury

By Ralph N. Paulk
Published: Saturday, August 25, 2012


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Steelers were hit with injuries in the first half Saturday against Buffalo, as right guard David DeCastro, the team’s No. 1 draft pick, starting running back Isaac Redman and defensive end Brett Keisel left in the first quarter.

DeCastro’s knee was bent sideways on a third-and-8 from the Steelers’ 6-yard line in which Ben Roethlisberger threw incomplete from a shotgun formation. DeCastro was in obvious pain, grimacing while being treated by the team’s medical staff.

It was announced that DeCastro, replaced by Ramon Foster, would not return.

Redman was briefly sidelined after being diagnosed with a shoulder injury. He returned midway through the opening period and ripped off an 18-yard gain that was wiped out by a holding penalty. Redman missed last weekend’s preseason game against Indianapolis with a hip injury.

Keisel injured his left ankle and did not return in the first half.

NOT SO SPECIAL

Dismissing special teams coordinator Al Everest did little to inspire the Steelers’ punt and kickoff units.

Buffalo’s Leodis McKelvin had 18- and 10-yard punt returns to help the Bills take a 7-0 lead.

The punt coverage team appeared to rebound, as Curtis Brown and Ryan Mundy downed the ball at the Buffalo 1 with 6:34 left in the first quarter, but the play was reversed when Buffalo challenged the call.

Rookie Chris Rainey couldn’t generate much and was dumped for a 1-yard loss on a punt return.

HOOD IMPRESSES

Defensive end Ziggy Hood dominated the trenches in the first half.

The four-year veteran was in on four tackles, including one solo, in the first half. Hood also recovered a fumble caused by linebacker Lawrence Timmons at the Buffalo 18, tipped a pass and added a quarterback hit.

OFFENSIVE FRUSTRATIONS

The Steelers didn’t help themselves in a lackluster first quarter.

Their offensive execution was poor, as they failed to pick up a first down on their first two possessions. Also, Rainey and receiver Antonio Brown dropped passes with an open field ahead of them.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was further frustrated when receiver Emmanuel Sanders dropped a perfectly thrown pass on a deep sideline route with cornerback Aaron Williams trailing by two strides.

MISSED TURNOVER CHANCES

Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau wasn’t pleased as the Bills ran the ball successfully during a scoring drive.

A silver lining was watching his linebackers combine to create an opportunity for a turnover.

Timmons hit quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, whose pass was tipped by Larry Foote, but LaMarr Woodley dropped the interception. Woodley dropped another errant throw in the second quarter.

LOCAL BILLS

Scott McKillop, a former Pitt standout, is among several linebackers Bills coach Chan Gailey hopes will develop before the team opens the regular season.

McKillop, a Kiski Area graduate, spent the 2009 season in San Francisco. He had 10 tackles in the first two preseason games and was expected to a get a long look from Bills defensive coordinator and former Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt.

Dorin Dickerson, a former All-Big East tight end at Pitt, is fighting for a roster spot with the Bills. The West Allegheny product doubles as an H-back in hopes of becoming one of the lead blockers for tailbacks Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.

Another former Panther, running back Zach Brown, is trying to find a spot as a returner.

ODDS AND ENDS

The officiating crew had to sort out a couple of disputed calls but only tossed two flags in the first half, both against the Steelers. … The Steelers rushed for 31 yards and netted 72 total yards in the first half.

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/...r-punt-quarter
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:35 PM   #12
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Man this is freaking awful....DD is such a promising young dude
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Tomlin said DeCastro injury is "potentially severe" in post-game presser

That does not sound good - guess they will do the MRI tomorrow
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Tomlin said DeCastro injury is "potentially severe" in post-game presser

That does not sound good - guess they will do the MRI tomorrow
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Awful news. I hate preseason.
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Im so sick of the slot machice bull sh** with our OL

Every week its a new unit of guys and Ben running for his life

This is like 4 years in a row this has been happening
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Just once I owuld like to play a game with the same offensive line! Now what, who we going to find to replace him?
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Apparently Tomlin used the term "potentially severe" to describe David Johnson's injury after the first pre-season game - we know how that turned out
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Default Re: David DeCastro carted off field with right knee injury

It would be just DOWNRIGHT AWFUL if we lose DeCastro for the season. So incredibly promising. Chalk up another potential serious injury to field turf. Field Turf needs to be eliminated from all sports. Competition was built for natural grass. Show must go on. HERE WE GO.
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Looks like

Starks-Colon-Pouncey-Foster-Gilbert

Until Colon and Pouncey yearly injuries set in

Someone tell Gilbert to stop getitg his ass run over and into our other players...he tookl out Johnson as well
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