With rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu suspended for the next two weeks because of some very serious legal hot-water stemming from his arrest over the weekend, the Steelers announced the signing of defensive end Corbin Bryant to their 53 man roster. According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Bryant spent the better part of last season on the team's practice squad but did not appear in any games.
Bryant , 24, played his college ball at Northwestern University and is listed at 6-foot-4, 297 pounds.
To echo the sentiment stated in the article linked above, the Steelers will be without starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert for the Bengals game, and with center Maurkice Pouncey questionable as well, one might think the team would be more inclined to add offensive line depth to the roster. Even without Ta'amu, the Steelers still have six defensive linemen listed on the roster, and with the rookie nose tackle inactive for each game anyway, depth along the defensive line doesn't seem as pressing a concern as it does along the offensive line--Pittsburgh was dangerously close to being without enough offensive linemen during the loss to the Titans last Thursday.
With Ta'amu facing potential felony charges, could the signing of Bryant signal a quick end to the rookie's career in Pittsburgh?
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