The Pittsburgh Steelers made a slightly surprising roster move ahead of their Monday Night Football game at Heinz Field vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Steelers cut one-time Casey Hampton heir apparent, 4th round draft pick Alameda Ta’amu and used his roster spot to activate wide receiver David Gilreath from the practice squad.
The injury that Antonio Brown suffered in the Steelers victory over the New York Giants will keep him out of the Chief’s game, and leaves the Steelers without their number 2 receiver. While Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders filled in admirably for Brown, the simple math reveals that the only 4 wide receivers healthy remain on their active roster.
David Gilreath is in his second year in the NFL, having spent time with the Chargers, Colts and Bills during the 2011 season. He caught on during the Steelers 2012 off season and impressed in training camp. Gilreath’s preseason game vs. the Colts was a particularly strong outing for the young receiver but he could not reproduce his success in subsequent outings and Gilreath found himself on the Steelers practice squad.
Farewell to Alameda Ta’amu?
The move to cut Ta’amu amounts to a minor surprise. Alameda Ta’amu is facing DWI, disorderly coduct and a battery of other felony charges for leading the police an an extended chase through the South Side. The Steelers did suspend him for 2 games, and took a lot of public criticism for not cutting him outright.
Clearly, the Steelers do not fear losing him via the waiver wire.
In all likelihood, Ta’amu will be resigned either to the active roster or practice squad once Brown returns to full health. But clearly this young rookie is regarded as expendable at this point.
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