Oct 20, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers guard David DeCastro (66) pass blocks against Baltimore Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee (90) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 19-16. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers rule out David DeCastro for Week 9

The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to get back in the win column on Sunday during their Week 9 match up against the New England Patriots. Unfortunately for the Steelers, their struggling offensive line will be without the services of it’s top player — David DeCastro.

With starting center Maurkice Pouncey out for the year, DeCastro has become the top player protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. However, an ankle injury forced him to miss practice this week and he has been ruled out for the upcoming game.

From the Steelers official website:

Starting right guard David DeCastro (ankle) didn’t practice today, the third straight day of preparation he’s missed, and he has been ruled out of the game against the Patriots. Reserve offensive lineman Guy Whimper (knee) was a full practice participant and anticipates starting in DeCastro’s spot.

“They haven’t told me that yet,” Whimper said. “I’m taking the approach like I am. I’m a whole lot more confident playing guard this week. If they need me there I’ll be ready.

“I’m willing and more than capable of coming in and helping this line out.”

DeCastro, wide receiver Markus Wheaton and defensive back Curtis Brown have all been ruled out for the game.

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