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Steelers notebook

November 13, 2012
By Buck Frank ( , The Altoona Mirror

PITTSBURGH - Alameda Ta'amu's rocky ride with the Steelers officially ended.

The 2012 fourth-round draft pick, a nose tackle from Washington, was released by the Steelers hours before Monday night's game with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Steelers needed an extra receiver and punt returner Monday with Antonio Brown injured, so they activated David Gilreath from the practice squad. Gilreath, a second-year free agent from Wisconsin, was one of the final cuts during the preseason by the Steelers in early September.

Article Photos

Ziggy Hood celebrates the Steelers stopping KC on third down.
Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich

The 6-foot-3, 348-pound Ta'amu was drafted as a possible replacement for veteran Casey Hampton, whose contract is up at the end of this season. However, last month he led police on a drunken chase by vehicle and foot through the streets of Pittsburgh.

Ta'amu was suspended by the team for two games after being charged with felonies for fleeing police and aggravated assault. He was then reinstated to the team on Oct. 30 and apologized for his behavior.

Ta'amu could be re-signed to the Steelers' practice squad if he clears waivers.

Rainy night in Pittsburgh

A light rain fell on Heinz Field throughout Monday's game but wasn't a big factor, except for creating many open seats in the stands.

Temperatures began to fall in the Pittsburgh area in the late afternoon. The rain started around 5 p.m. - more than three hours before kickoff. The field was covered with tarp until 6:40 p.m., two hours before kickoff.

The Steelers and Miami Dolphins played a memorable 3-0 November Monday night game in the rain five years ago when a punted ball stuck in the mud. The field was in much better condition Monday night.

No Moore

Altoona native and St. Francis College graduate Bob Moore, the Chiefs' team historian, did not make the trip to Pittsburgh with the team.

Moore served as the Chiefs' director of public relations for 21 seasons from 1989 until the 2009 season. He was then named to his new position in January 2010 and no longer travels with the team.


Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went over the 1,000-yard career rushing mark in the second quarter on a 14-yard run Olympic gold medal gymnast McKayla Maroney and Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, led a "Terrible Towel Twirl'' before the game The Steelers honored America's military veterans and active duty service members prior to kickoff ... Attendance was 57,644.

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