The Pittsburgh Steelers cut ties Monday with troubled rookie defensive lineman Alameda Ta'amu, Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. Ta'amu was arrested Oct. 14 on numerous charges, including DUI, after fleeing police and crashing into a parked vehicle.
The 22-year-old Ta'amu was replaced on the roster by wide receiver David Gilbreath, who returned two punts for a total of eight yards in the Steelers' 16-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night.
Ta'amu was Pittsburgh's fourth-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Steelers took a chance on Ta'amu, who had a history of DUI when he was a lineman for the Washington Huskies.
The risk didn't pay off as Ta'amu struggled in training camp and was suspended after the Oct. 14 incident.