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Steelers first-round pick David DeCastro is helped off the field after hurting his knee during a preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012.

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By Alan Robinson
Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, 5:46 p.m.
 

Right guard David DeCastro, the first-round draft pick from Stanford who has missed the season to date with a serious right knee injury, and offensive lineman John Malecki were activated Monday.

Right tackle Marcus Gilbert, who hasn't played since injuring an ankle Oct. 11 against Tennessee, went on the injured-reserve list and will miss the rest of the season. He had expected to return to practice this week.

Those moves came after left guard Willie Colon (knee) warmed up but did not play in Cleveland, and right tackle Mike Adams (ankle) was injured during the game.

DeCastro injured an ACL and MCL against the Bills on Aug. 25, but he resumed practicing two weeks ago. If Adams can't play Sunday in Baltimore, right guard Ramon Foster could shift to right tackle, with either DeCastro or Doug Legursky replacing him.

• Wide receiver David Gilreath, who was on the roster for three games but did not make a catch, was released — a move that suggests Antonio Brown (high-ankle sprain) will be ready for the Ravens after missing three games. Since Brown was hurt, Mike Wallace has only eight catches in three games after having 18 in his previous three games.

• Since 1940, the Steelers have played only 16 games in which they had as many as eight turnovers. They had 12 turnovers in a 47-13 loss to the Eagles in 1965 — matching the most by any NFL team over the last 72 years — and 10 in a 54-7 defeat to the Packers in 1941. They had nine turnovers four times, the last time being against the Bengals in 1979, and eight turnovers a total of 10 times. Before Sunday they hadn't had that many since they had eight against the Browns in 1989.

• Jonathan Dwyer remains the Steelers' rushing leader with 429 yards, but this is only the third time in 20 years and the first since 2003 the team still doesn't have a 500-yard rusher so late into a season. Willie Parker had 485 yards in 2008, and Jerome Bettis had 406 yards in ‘03. Dwyer had only 19 yards against Cleveland, yet was the team leader. “The running backs didn't do well, and we put him (backup quarterback Charlie Batch) in bad situations,” Dwyer said, referring to the running backs' four fumbles.

• The Steelers are uncharacteristically piling up penalty yards; their 68 yards Sunday gave them 715 for the season, the fifth most in the league. Washington leads with 770.

— Alan Robinson

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