Steelers Promote WR David Gilreath To Roster, Waive NT Alameda Ta\’amu

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a roster move on Sunday as wide receiver David Gilreath was promoted from the practice squad to the 53 man roster and rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta\’amu was waived to make room for him.

The Steelers made the move because wide receiver Antonio Brown has been ruled out for the game Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs with an ankle injury that he sustained in the first half of the game last Sunday against the New York Giants.

Had the Steelers not promoted Gilreath they would have only had three healthy wide receivers on the roster.

This move was likely made on Sunday as the Steelers are just now announcing it in hopes that Ta\’amu makes it through waivers.

The Steelers signed former penn State wide receiver Derrick Moye to the practice squad this past week, so the promotion of Gilreath means that they now have an open spot. Ta\’amu is expected to be signed to the practice squad on Tuesday.

  • JT

    Pretty surprised. It’s risky if only because of the draft pick. Yeah, he might not pan out. But half a rookie season isn’t even time enough for a mid rounder to bust. Did he have character concerns in college? I honestly don’t remember. I probably would have waived Batch. I think his biggest value right now is as an aide to Ben, and on another team I don’t know how well it would work at this point. His playing days are numbered, and losing him might not have effected more than this season. Whereas Ta’amu has long term implications. Not second guessing because he very well could make it through, just a little worried.

  • Chris S

    Agreed. But we shall see I guess.

  • JT

    Just read that he’s likely already cleared by now.

    Steelers: 1
    JT: 0

  • Richard Edlin

    JT – it’s not necessarily the character concerns in college so much as that pesky pending jail time …

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I guess the thought on Ta’amu was that he already has a strike…he didnt look very impressive at all in preseason…so if he doesnt make it to waivers…oh well…but we also have 3 NT where we only need tw0 on the roster

  • Brendon Glad

    Correct person waived. I would have been upset if Robinson would have been left out there, with many preseason flashes, and zero off-field issues compared to what Alameda faces. He should be easily avail on Tuesday if det, cincy, and oak pass on him.

  • JT

    But being trouble in college and this being a first strike are still two very different cases.

  • JT

    When does a 3rd string rookie at NT ever look good in their first preseason? And 3 NTs is misleading when one is most likely done after this season.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    didnt like him coming out of college…it was well known he took off many plays…I agree that this is only his first year but my opinion seems to be more right since he is gone.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Agreed, just watch the bowl game Washington v. Baylor… Taamu disappeared the whole game.