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Steelers notebook: With Colon out, DeCastro set to start

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Steelers right guard David DeCastro will be counted on to help anchor the offensive line next season.

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Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
 

First-round draft pick David DeCastro might be ready to make his first NFL start.

With left guard Willie Colon (knee) out for at least a couple of weeks following knee surgery Monday, DeCastro will work with the starters. Ramon Foster would shift to left guard, and All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey would stay at his preferred position.

DeCastro has played only on special teams.

“If we like what we see, he may have an opportunity to play,” coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.

Tomlin displeased with Brown's choice

Fall on it. Kick it out of bounds. Just don't fumble it away. Antonio Brown had several choices on the Ben Roethlisberger pass attempt/lateral the Chargers recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, and to Tomlin, Brown chose the wrong one.

“He didn't do a good job of falling on it, obviously,” Tomlin said. “It looked like he attempted to pick it up, and unsuccessfully so. Again, another error in judgment on our part. One of many.”

Polamalu didn't suffer setback

Safety Troy Polamalu needed in-game therapy on his injured calf, but he apparently came out of his second game in two months without further problems.

Like last week, he will be a limited practice participant.

“Largely, I think it's arrow up in terms of his overall health,” Tomlin said.

Woodley likely will practice; buys bowling league

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley (ankle) is expected to practice after missing two games, but Tomlin didn't speculate about him possibly playing Sunday in Dallas.

“Hopefully, he is moving toward participation,” Tomlin said.

Woodley also became the fifth team owner in the new PBA League, along with former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, Clippers guard Chris Paul, former NFL receiver Terrell Owens and actor-comedian Kevin Hart.

Woodley will own the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits.

Each team has five bowlers and a supplemental pick that will compete on ESPN.

Tomlin unsure who will back up Roethlisberger

Backup quarterback Byron Leftwich (fractured ribs) is ready to practice, but Tomlin didn't say whether Leftwich or Charlie Batch will be the backup.

Leftwich stayed No. 2 on the depth chart even when he and Ben Roethlisberger were injured and out.

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