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Steelers could still cut Alameda Ta'amu

The Pittsburgh Steelers have until 4 p.m. on Wednesday to decide on their plans with rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu, according to

At that time, Ta'amu's roster exemption expires, meaning someone will be getting cut to keep the roster at 53 players.

Ta'amu has been a source of consternation within the organization since Oct. 14, when he was arrested on multiple felony charges that include fleeing police, three counts of nearly running over three police officers with his vehicle and aggravated assault while driving drunk.

The defensive lineman also faces 10 misdemeanors which include drunken driving, failure to obey traffic laws, resisting arrest and attempting to escape.

"Obviously, we’re going to do what’s best for us professionally here in an effort to win this game this weekend," coach Mike Tomlin said. "Obviously, he’s still in play. ... We’ve got a decision to make and we’ll make it at the appropriate time."

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