More on Cuts, And The Almost " Fu" Trade

On a day in which the Steelers coaching staff had much, much more on their minds, they were forced to deal with final roster cut downs. <br><br>As had been speculated here, running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala was one of six players released by the team Sunday as it trimmed its roster to 53 players.

Also not making the cut were cornerback Hank Poteat, wide receiver Khori Ivy, and rookies Dante Brown, J.T. Wall and David Upchurch.

The team also learned that defensive lineman Brett Keisel will need reconstructive surgery to repair his injured left shoulder and was placed on injured reserve. He is out for the season.

The release of Fuamatu-Ma'afala, Brown and Wall leaves the Steelers with just four running backs on their active roster. Brown and Wall are both candidates for the team's practice squad, but will have to clear waivers first.

The oft-injured Fuamatu-Ma'afala finishes his Steelers career with 751 yards on 172 carries and five touchdowns. He also caught 38 passes for 330 yards.

The Steelers had been attempting to trade the very popular running back, but when Detroit made a deal Sunday for Buffalo's Olandis Gary, that became less of a possibility.

In addition to four running backs, the Steelers final roster includes three quarterbacks, six wide receivers, four tight ends, nine offensive linemen, six defensive linemen, nine linebackers, nine defensive backs and three specialists.

Dale Lolley

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