"We don't like them. They don't like us."
Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro stopped short of calling the Cincinnati Bengals a dirty team, but he admits there is no love lost between the two teams as they get ready to square off a second time this season.
In the first game at Heinz Field, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict tackled running back Le’Veon Bell from behind and ended his season when his knee was injured. Burfict celebrated the tackle as he left the field with Bell prone on the sidelines. Adding insult to injury, the Bengals came back to beat the Steelers, 16-10.
It was the second time in as many games the Bengals delivered a blow to Bell that ended his season. In last year’s regular-season finale Bell was injured when Bengals safety Reggie Nelson delivered a low hit that hyper-extended Bell’s knee.
“We don’t like them. They don’t like us,” offensive lineman David DeCastro said. “I’m not going to sit here and give you bulletin board material, but that’s as simple as it can be.”
When asked if he thought the Bengals were a dirty team, DeCastro said: “I don’t want to say dirty. I don’t want to call anyone dirty. You don’t want to be dirty. You’re not out to hurt people. You don’t want to do that in the NFL. I wouldn’t say that.”
The Steelers led Cincinnati, 10-6, in the fourth quarter before a couple of late interceptions doomed the Steelers and led to 10 points for the visitors.
“We just didn’t play that well,” DeCastro said. “We didn’t block for Ben. Guys weren’t getting open. It was one of those offensive days when nothing went right. We have to be better up front. That’s our goal as an offense as well, too.”