Steelers top-pick David DeCastro practiced Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a knee injury in the team’s third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills in August.
The rookie from Stanford, known as a man of few words, did express some relief to reporters about finally getting out on the field.
“I’ve been doing some stuff with our assistant strength coach [Marcel Pastoor] ... its nothing like going against other guys,” DeCastro said.
He said he’s felt good running, but there is no timetable for his potential return to game action saying that he is simply trying "to come out every day and get better, get healthier. There is still definitely some room to improve as far as getting strength back and endurance."
However, the Steelers do have to make a decision within the next 21 days whether to leave him on IR or activate him to the 53-man roster.
Asked if he’ll play this season, DeCastro said, “I have no idea. Can I control that? Probably not. I’ll control what I can control and get healthy and get stronger and put myself in the best position to play and get better this year.”
He said he’s getting a bit antsy having not previously endured such a long layoff from football.
“Never. The longest injury I had was like four weeks in high school and that wasn’t even during the season.”