Steelers keep Ta'amu, cut another
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The Steelers decided to keep rookie defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu on their 53-man roster despite his arrest for fleeing police and the 15 charges they filed against him as a result.
The team suspended Ta'amu, their fourth round draft choice this year, for two games after his Oct. 14 arrest on Pittsburgh's South Side. They reinstated him on Monday and had until 4 p.m. today to make a move when his roster exemption expired.
They released safety Damon Cromartie-Smith, who was signed from their practice squad last Saturday.
Ta'amu, speaking to reporters for the first time since his arrest, said today that it was difficult to tell his family about what he had done.
"I was embarrassed to call my family," Ta'amu said after his first practice back with the team. "It was just out of my character to do something like that. I just promise you guys it won't ever happen again."
His preliminary hearing, originally scheduled for Oct. 23, has been moved to Nov. 8.
First Published October 31, 2012 4:13 pm