The Pittsburgh Steelers officially suspended 2012 draft pick Alameda Ta’amu for two games.
The defensive lineman was arrested early Sunday morning after a run in with the police on the South Side. An off-duty police officer called to report reckless driving which led to Ta’amu’s long list of charges. The charges include felony fleeing police, aggravated assault and aggravated assault by vehicle, and misdemeanor charges of accident causing damage, resisting arrest, escape and DUI.
Not the weekend the Steelers had in mind after a tough loss in Tennessee.
Coach Mike Tomlin did not say that the current suspension would be Ta’amu’s only ban from the team. Tomlin went on to call Ta’amu’s actions a detriment to the team’s efforts.
With Ta’amu being on the suspended list the Steelers were able to sign DT Corbin Bryant to the team. Bryant participated in one game last season and spent the rest of the year on the practice squad.
The Steelers also had to address the offensive line due to the injuries last week.
Where have you heard that before? Many thought the Steelers offensive line woes were over after using their first two draft picks this season on lineman.
Marcus Gilbert is out for this week due to a tendon injury. Gilbert seen a specialist today and it was determined he won’t need surgery. Mike Adams will be the starter on Sunday at right tackle.
Center Maurkice Pouncey suffered an MCL injury in the loss to the Titans on Thursday and is listed as questionable against the Bengals this week. Doug Legursky will be able to step in if Pouncey can’t go.
We have to imagine that due to the injuries Pittsburgh may dress eight lineman this week. Kelvin Beachum will definitely dress and John Malecki may be activated and dress as well.
Defensively Pittsburgh got some good and bad news today. Bad: Troy Polamalu is out for this week. Good: LaMarr Woodley is probable for this week.
Probable isn’t exactly what you want to hear regarding the Steelers linebacker, but good news nonetheless.
In other news, offensive lineman David DeCastro reportedly ran in a straight line on Monday, but don’t get your hopes up for a quick return just because of that. It could still be quite a while before DeCastro is lined up next to Pouncey.