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DeCastro has reportedly been having his ankle evaluated recently and is evaluating his future

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

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The Steelers announced this afternoon that they've released Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro and there are two reports that give clarity as to why -- it has to do with DeCastro's ankle.

DeCastro has been having his ankle evaluated recently and has had issues with it for quite some time, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. DeCastro had surgery on it before last season and he’s evaluating his future, Garafolo notes.

DeCastro texted Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today 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 followed up by asking 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.”

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