It's been a busy weekend for the Steelers, starting with the release of tight end Wes Saunders on Friday.
Saunders was coming back from a suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy and, given how well rookie David Paulson has progressed, there just wasn't any room for a player the coaching staff doesn't trust.
@ While Paulson has stood out, fellow rookie Alameda Ta'amu, a fourth-round draft pick, struggled throughout training camp.
But since the Steelers need a nose tackle in the future to replace Casey Hampton, Ta'amu was on scholarship this season. All he needed to do was learn his position, learn how to be a pro and keep his nose clean.
That ended Saturday night on the South Side, when Ta'amu played drunken bumper cars, ran from police - at least as fast as a 350-pounder can run - and added an assault charge to his other issues.
I can't see Ta'amu hanging on the roster after this.
@ Word is that Rashard Mendenhall's Achilles' tendon tightened up in Tennessee, which is good news.
He should be ready to play at Cincinnati next week.
There's good news on the Maurkice Pouncey front as well. His MCL sprain isn't considered serious. He might play at Cincinnati as well.
The Steelers could also get linebacker LaMarr Woodley back for that game.
I'm now hearing that it could be another two weeks for strong safety Troy Polamalu.