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Ed Bouchette says 'there's some smoke' with the David DeCastro situation


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The Steelers reportedly brought five-time Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner in for a visit last week, and it certainly raised some eyebrows among Steelers Nation, as David DeCastro didn't participate in minicamp due to an undisclosed injury.


So it got people speculating if there was something more to DeCastro's injury, as he dealt with an abdominal and knee injury last season, and he's also 31 years of age.


Mike Tomlin didn't reveal much, however, when he was asked last week by the media why DeCastro wasn't practicing.


"Again, if I thought injury circumstances or reasons why people were not participating were significant, I would share them with you," Tomlin said.


Longtime Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette of The Athletic thinks "there's some smoke" with the DeCastro situation, however.


"You don’t bring in a vet of Turner’s resume — a five-time Pro Bowl guard not yet 30 — just to kick the tires," Bouchette wrote. "I would say they may be concerned about DeCastro, although I have no information on it other than he had an abdominal injury last summer and it seemed to prompt a below-par season for him. They do have B.J. Finney who can play guard as well. I don’t believe it’s a contract issue as DeCastro enters his final season, or otherwise he would not have attended at all. Mike Tomlin said there were no serious injuries to worry about. There’s some smoke here, though."


A lot of it is just speculation right now with Turner visiting with the team, as the Steelers could use depth at guard to back up DeCastro and Kevin Dotson. But it does make you wonder about DeCastro.





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