Steelers activate No. 1 pick David DeCastro


After Sunday’s debacle in Cleveland, the Pittsburgh Steelers will take any good news they can get right now.

They got that Monday in the form of 2012 first-round draft pick David DeCastro.

August 19, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro (66) on the sidelines against the Indianapolis Colts during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

DeCastro was activated from injured reserve Monday, a move the Steelers hope will add stability to an offensive line ravaged by injuries.

The Stanford product returned to practice last week and could slide back into the starting lineup at right guard, the position he was penciled in to start at before he was shut down by a knee injury during the preseason. Ramon Foster, who currently fills in for DeCastro, is versatile enough to move elsewhere to plug another hole.

With Marcus Gilbert already out with an injury, the Steelers also lost rookie Mike Adams to injury Sunday against the Browns and lost guard Willie Colon to a knee injury before the game began.

Gilbert, who has been inactive since Week 6, was put on injured reserve on Monday and the team promoted guard/center John Malecki from the practice squad, which could mean that Adams will likely miss time.

The Steelers also released wide receiver David Gilreath, which could mean that Antonio Brown could return in time to face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

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