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David DeCastro could have a grievance due to being released with a non-football injury designation

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Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported yesterday that David DeCastro was released with a non-football injury designation, which means the Steelers viewed his ankle injury as not football related.

Florio points out that a Ja’Wuan James-type situation could arise with DeCastro, with an argument that the injury should be covered and DeCastro’s $8.75 million salary should be paid, even if he can’t play.

DeCastro was on 93.7 The Fan today to talk about his release and future. And in regards to being released with the non-football injury designation, he said he'll trust his agent and the NFLPA to handle any potential grievances.

"I’m not really too concerned about the future, to be honest,” DeCastro said via Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports. “I had a great career here and I’ll give it the time that it deserves and go from there.”

DeCastro had surgery before last season and he texted Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette yesterday that he has to get surgery on his ankle for the third time.

"I tried to fix it last year but the bone spurs kept coming back, DeCastro told Starkey. "It nagged me pretty bad all last year.”

Starkey asked DeCastro if he still wants to play.

“Gotta see how the surgery goes,” he said. “But I’d have no problem calling it a day and moving on with my life.”

In addition to having issues with his ankle, DeCastro also dealt with a knee and abdomen injury last year.

"I gave it my best shot but my body didn’t cooperate," DeCastro said on 93.7 The Fan.

“The bone spurs came back that limited my motion and I gotta get it fixed for a third time. I just gotta get this ankle right, not just for football if I want to play again but just for life to make sure I have mobility and be able to be active when I’m done.”


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