Former Pittsburgh Steelers goalie David DeCastro said he had had bone spurs in his ankle all last season that will require surgery to correct.
Via Joe Starkey from Post-Gazette de Pittsburgh, DeCastro said on Thursday that ankle problems were a constant problem for him all last season.
“I have to have my ankle surgery a third time,” DeCastro said in a text Thursday. “I tried to fix it last year, but the bone spurs kept coming back. It has harassed me quite a bit all last year.
The Steelers released DeCastro on Thursday with a non-football injury designation. He was present at the Steelers offseason practice but did not participate due to the issue. His most recent ankle surgery took place before last season.
DeCastro has also confirmed he’s unsure if his career will end up continuing after nine years in Pittsburgh. It will depend on the progress of his operation.
“I have to see how the operation goes,” he said. “But I would have no problem calling it a day and moving on with my life. “
As noted by Mark Kably, DeCastro never appeared on the injury report due to an ankle injury last season. Knee, hand and abdomen injuries resulted in list appearances as well as days off for non-injury reasons. But if an illness is significant enough to require surgery, it is questionable whether he should have made this problem noted at certain times in the past year.