Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest shared the following information via Twitter this afternoon:
Status report for @Steelers: WR Wheaton, CB Brown, G DeCastro all are out. Everyone else is probable.
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) November 1, 2013
First and foremost, the loss of David DeCastro is an enormous blow to Pittsburgh’s offensive line. The former first round pick looked to be turning a proverbial “corner” after his strong game against the Baltimore Ravens, and one could make a strong argument that he has been the team’s best offensive lineman through their first seven games this year. With DeCastro sidelined, that means that veteran Guy Whimper will get the start at right guard and Cody Wallace will be the team’s top backup at the position.
As far as Brown’s absence is concerned, I am not sure why he is being sidelined for this weekend’s game. In fact, he has not practiced all week for “non injury related” purposes. Brown has to either be dealing with a significant off-field issue, or he is in Tomlin’s “doghouse” for some reason or another. I am only going to speculate the latter since Brown has been “inactive” for Pittsburgh’s last two games. In addition, Tomlin stated after the Baltimore game that the decision to play Isaiah Green over Brown was a non-injury related decision.
I am not sure what to say regarding Wheaton’s absence other than I hope that the rookie can return to the lineup at some point before the 2013 regular season ends. The wide receiver’s broken pinkie and subsequent surgery have forced him to miss Pittsburgh’s last three games, and it will be up to Derek Moye once again to step up as the team’s fourth receiver this weekend.
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