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Q&A with David DeCastro


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

Steelers rookie lineman David DeCastro was cleared to practice Wednesday for the first time since having knee surgery on Aug. 30. DeCastro has 21 days to be added to the active roster or he will be lost for the year. Here is what he had to say following practice:

Q: How do you feel?
A: I feel good.

Q: What exactly did you do during practice?
A: I did individuals and some scout team stuff as well. I took a couple plays with team.

Q: It’s been a long time.
A: It’s been a long, long time, yeah.

Q: You have been working up to the point?
A: I have been doing stuff with the assistant strength coach – football related stuff but nothing like going against NFL players.

Q: How does it feel now?
A: It feels really good. I didn’t feel anything.

Q: Is there a timetable of what you want to accomplish over the next few weeks?
A: No idea. I am just going to try to come out and get better every day and get healthy. There is definitely more for improvement – get the strength back and endurance. I haven’t played football is so long.

Q: You have two weeks to make a decision?
A: It’s 21 days. Three weeks.

Q: You get past anything you were worried about today?
A: I really didn’t have any expectations. It felt good, strong.”

Q: Do you have to wait and see how it feels tomorrow?
A: Yeah, tomorrow might be a little different. We will see.

Q: You expect to play this year?
A: I have no idea. Can I control that? Probably not. I can only control what I can control and get healthy and get stronger and get in the best position to play if I need to.

Q: Would that be important for your development?
A: I think so, but at the same time, just being healthy and in good shape and being out here says a lot.

Q: When was last time you missed this much football?
A: Never. The longest injury I had was like four weeks in high school and that wasn’t during the season.

Q: So you were a little antsy?
A: Yeah, a little bit. Definitely.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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