Chattin’ Thread for the Week of August 27

Nothing quite so demoralizing as losing a rookie first-rounder — and a starter — on a meaningless play in a meaningless game at the hands of his own teammate. But if there’s a silver lining in all this it’s that the Steelers’ offense came out of its coma after DeCastro left the field on a cart, with Ramon Foster at right guard.

The point: Pittsburgh and Big Ben (he was calling the plays during that 98-yard end-of-half drive!) seem to be at their best with their metophorical backs against the wall. So, yes, losing DeCastro is devasting. But the Steelers will be okay. (That said: enough with the injuries. I’m tired of saying this.)

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  • Cols714

    Yep losing DeCastro totally sucks. So much for our revamped OL. At least the worst performer, Kemo, has been replaced.

    • Eric

      I’m trying to be optimistic. Gilbert could be improved, Pouncy and Colon could stay healthy…

      • http://www.facebook.com/randy.steele.583 Randy Steele

        Yes, even with the loss of DeCastro, this line is still better than the one the Steelers went 12-4 with last year. So, of course, there’s good reason to be optimistic, just not quite as much.

  • Cols714

    I really wish Suisham wasn’t our kicker again this year. I find myself wishing for the good old day of Skippy.

    • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

      My avatar agrees. What’s not to love!?

    • Rob D

      I don’t get why they cut Wrapman..he was terrific…Solid contact everytime and he looked very confident out there. Suisham is just average ..below average when the cold hits..

      • Eric

        I certainly don’t see enough of a difference between them to justify suisham’s salary.

  • Cols714

    I think the Steelers are making a mistake if they keep DeCastro on the roster. Put him on IR. They tried this with Aaron Smith a few years ago and that didn’t work out either.

    • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

      Just saw Kaboly tweet the news. Agree, especially if Foster plays like, well, Foster. There’s no good reason to bench him in late December for DeCastro, who will be woefully out of game shape. Of course, knowing the Steelers’ history with o-line injuries, maybe keeping DeCastro around isn’t such a bad idea.

      • Intropy

        A player on IR is barred from practicing as well. That could be a factor.

        • Rob D

          Good point, Intropy.

  • Cols714

    And apparently they are keeping him on the roster. This seems really dumb to me. Keep him so maybe he comes back and plays in January? Sometimes I do not understand the way NFL teams manage their rosters.

    This seems so obviously dumb.

    • Yoni

      You can always put someone on IR though right? If you don’t *need* the roster spot *now*, then why put him on IR *now*? What if we never need the roster spot putting him on IR would create for us, and then he has a quick recovery and is ready to go by week 7?

      It’s way too early to call this a dumb move.

  • Cols714

    The more I think about it, the more I want the entire starting lineup to hold out of camp next year. No more preseason games. That way when people are injured at least it was during the real season.

    Wallace was smart, hold out, no camp, no injuries, report in time to play the 1st game.

  • Eric

    Worilds and Harrison were activated from the PUP list. Harrison wasn’t a surprise but I didn’t know Worilds was “close” enough to activate

    • Cols714

      That’s good news, especially on Worilds.

    • http://www.facebook.com/randy.steele.583 Randy Steele

      If the reports about Worilds’ physical condition are only half true, I don’t understand this move at all. The news is that he still in unable to bend his wrist, which means there’s no way he’s been able to do any sort of upper body work, let alone practice.

      I guess the coaches feel he’ll be ready to play relatively soon, but I’m skeptical. Keeping him on the PUP seems like the more reasonable move, plus it saves a spot on the 53-man roster for six weeks.

  • David

    Kaboly is tweeting that Spence has a torn ACL and is out for the year.
    Anyone have Potsie’s number?