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Source: DeCastro is expected to miss 3-5 months

David DeCastro

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro (66) talks with wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) during practice at the NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa., on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


We’ve gotten some clarity regarding the knee injury suffered by Steelers guard David DeCastro. And it’s not good.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, DeCastro is expected to miss three-to-five months with various injuries in his right knee. Though the official diagnosis will come via a Monday MRI, we’re told that DeCastro currently is believed to have a torn MCL, a dislocated kneecap, and a partially torn patellar tendon.

DeCastro suffered the injury when teammate Marcus Gilbert fell on DeCastro’s leg. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has blamed it on the FieldTurf at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Prior reports about DeCastro’s condition had been somewhat conflicting. We’re confident that the latest reflects the pre-MRI diagnosis.