Steelers Remove NT Alameda Ta\’amu From Active PUP List On Monday

It was a bit of a a surprise when Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced at the start of training camp that second-year nose tackle Alameda Ta\’amu would start off his second trip to Latrobe on the Active PUP list. Ta\’amu wasn\’t put there for failing the run test, however, as the Washington product couldn\’t run due to him injuring his hamstring a few weeks earlier while training. As of Monday, Ta\’amu has been removed from the Active PUP list, according to Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest on Twitter.

Ta\’amu was healthy for all of the offseason practices as he looks to show he can be the backup to starter Steve McLendon this year after having his rookie season interrupted by an off-the-field driving under the influence incident that led to several charges being filed against him and a two week suspension from the Steelers without pay.

Ta\’amu has a lot of catching up to do over the course of the next few weeks and there is a good chance he\’s behind fellow nose tackle Hebron Fangupo on the depth chart right now due to all of the time he\’s missed.

During the offseason practices, the Steelers also used defensive end Al Woods as the second-team nose tackle, so the former fourth-round draft pick, along with Fangupo, still apparently have a ways to go in their development.

The Steelers more than likely will keep six defensive linemen on the 53 man roster this year, so Ta\’amu must now prove he is worthy of that sixth spot.

  • dgh57

    Okay, Ta’amu you’re off the PUP list, now it’s time to show us what you got!

  • Tom

    Still don’t understand why this guy is not in jail. But since I don’t get a vote on that….I hope he can pull his head out of his posterior, learn a lesson, and become a productive Steeler.

  • steeltown

    I have a feeling Fangupo has permanently moved ahead of him on the depth chart, unless Ta’amu has a stellar and I mean stellar preseason

  • Mike.H

    What was the reason Ta’amu was on the PUP LIST? What issues?

  • SteelersDepot

    Did you miss the hamstring part of the post?

  • Luke Shabro

    Does Ta’amu still have PS eligibility? I’m assuming so because it’s only his second year and I don’t remember him being on the game day roster much if any. That draft class did not turn out how I expected at all