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Chris Kemoeatu | Guard

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/4/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 344
College: Utah
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 6 (204) / PIT
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Free agent OG Chris Kemoeatu has reportedly drawn interest from three teams since being released on March 1.
Keep in mind this news comes from Kemoeatu's agent. If the teams were seriously interested, they would have scheduled a visit by now. Kemoeatu does have coaching staff ties in Indy (Bruce Arians) and Arizona (Russ Grimm). Thu, Mar 8, 2012 09:54:00 AM

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Steelers released OG Chris Kemoeatu.

The Steelers have dropped from the sixth-oldest NFL roster to the middle of the pack following the releases of Kemoeatu, Hines Ward, and Aaron Smith. They've also freed up $41.67 million in salary cap dollars since the beginning of the offseason. One of the Steelers' top linemen in 2008-2009, knee injuries have turned Kemoeatu into an ineffective penalty machine the past two seasons. After losing his starting job, the 29-year-old was due $3.577 million in 2012.
Thu, Mar 1, 2012 05:26:00 PM

Steelers OG Chris Kemoeatu, OT Jonathan Scott, and CB Bryant McFadden are potential salary cap casualties this offseason.

Kemoeatu turned in a disastrous season while playing through a nagging knee injury, and Scott lost his job to rookie Marcus Gilbert. At $25 million over the cap -- according to team president Art Rooney II -- the Steelers can save $2.4 million on Kemoeatu, $2.2 million on Scott, and $2.5 million on McFadden. NT Casey Hampton (partially torn ACL) and ILB James Farrior are also on the bubble.

Chris Kemoeatu will start at left guard for the Steelers in Sunday's Wild Card game.

Normal LG Doug Legursky is sliding over to center in the absence of Maurkice Pouncey. Kemoeatu's presence in the lineup is bad news for a team missing its starting running back and dealing with a hobbled quarterback, as he graded out as one of the worst guards in football this season by Pro Football Focus. He's a blown assignment or false start penalty waiting to happen.
Sat, Jan 7, 2012 10:16:00 AM

LG Chris Kemoeatu is not expected to be in the Steelers' Week 15 starting lineup.

Already benched once earlier this season, Kemoeatu got a reprieve in Thursday's win after Maurkice Pouncey suffered a high-ankle sprain. He made his presence felt in all the wrong ways, however, committing three penalties while fouling up a goal-line plunge. Even if Pouncey remains sidelined, Trai Essex is expected to get the start at left guard against the 49ers. At this point, it's fair to wonder if Kemoeatu will see his $3.58 million salary in 2012.
Sat, Dec 10, 2011 09:36:00 AM

The Steelers have demoted LG Chris Kemoeatu out of the starting lineup in favor of Doug Legursky.

The coaching staff made the move based on performance. Kemo has been playing through a significant knee injury that will require offseason surgery, so that's probably had a lot to do with it. Going forward, the Steelers will trot out Max Starks at left tackle, Legursky at left guard, Maurkice Pouncey at center, Ramon Foster at right guard, and Marcus Gilbert at right tackle.
Wed, Nov 23, 2011 06:04:00 PM

Steelers LG Chris Kemoeatu is expected back from his knee injury in Week 7, but conceded Monday that he'll need surgery in the offseason.

"That's the plan right now," Kemoeatu said of his Week 7 status. Kemo has dealt with cartilage issues in the knee since the beginning of training camp. He had to shut it down after Week 3, but has worked to manage the swelling and projects to start at Arizona. Kemoeatu's return comes at a good time for the Steelers, who will be without fill-in LG Doug Legursky (toe) indefinitely.
Wed, Oct 19, 2011 01:35:00 PM

Steelers LG Chris Kemoeatu (knee) and CB Bryant McFadden (hamstring) are fully expected to sit out again in Week 5.

Doug Legursky will switch sides to left guard while Ramon Foster starts a second straight game at right guard. The Steelers will continue with the combination of William Gay and Keenan Lewis opposite shadow corner Ike Taylor.
Thu, Oct 6, 2011 03:42:00 PM

Steelers declared LG Chris Kemoeatu, CB Bryant McFadden, QB Dennis Dixon, RB Jonathan Dwyer, LB Chris Carter, OT Jamon Meredith, and WR Jerricho Cotchery inactive for Week 2 against the Seahawks.

Kemoeatu has been battling a knee injury, which is a concern after battling arthritis throughout the summer. Ramon Foster will likely take his place. Rashard Mendenhall remains a must-start, but don't be surprised if he doesn't come through with a huge game. Seattle's run defense has been stout with Red Bryant in the lineup. William Gay is expected to fill in for McFadden.
Sun, Sep 18, 2011 11:45:00 AM

Steelers activated LG Chris Kemoeatu from active/PUP.

Kemoeatu missed the first couple of weeks of camp while rehabbing arthritis and bone fragments in his knee. Doctors advised against surgery, so he should be all systems go for the season opener.
Sun, Aug 14, 2011 03:02:00 PM

Steelers LG Chris Kemoeatu started training camp on the active/PUP list while dealing with arthritis and bone fragments in his knee.

Kemoeatu said the swelling was so bad in July that he couldn't get out of bed for awhile. Doctors prescribed rehab instead of surgery, and Kemoeatu has graduated to running on the side at practice. He hopes to be activated from PUP list as early as next week.
Tue, Aug 9, 2011 03:14:00 PM

The NFL fined Steelers LG Chris Kemoeatu $12,500 for unnecessary roughness in the Divisional Round victory over the Ravens.

Kemoeatu hit an opponent late on two occasions. He ended the regular season as the fourth most penalized guard in the league and heads into Sunday's AFC Championship game with the eyes of the referees squarely on him. Another mistake could prove costly for both the Steelers and Kemo's wallet.
Sat, Jan 22, 2011 10:56:00 AM

Steelers LG Chris Kemoeatu left Sunday's game with an undisclosed injury, and has gone to the locker room to get examined. His return is questionable.

Pittsburgh was missing three offensive linemen when the game started, and had just lost Maurkice Pouncey the play before to injury. With no healthy reserve linemen left on the bench, the Steelers are running out of bodies to block. Ramon Foster is Kemoeatu's backup.
Sun, Nov 21, 2010 03:16:00 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects LG Chris Kemoeatu's (knee) to play this weekend.

It's big news for the Steelers and Rashard Mendenhall, as the offensive line struggled both in run blocking and pass protection against the Patriots. With Kemoeatu back and the Raiders on the docket for Week 11, Mendenhall is poised for a nice bounce-back game.
Wed, Nov 17, 2010 11:41:00 AM

NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports that LG Chris Kemoeatu's (knee) status for Week 11 is still in doubt.

The Steelers offensive line struggled against the Patriots with Kemoeatu and Max Starks out. Check back for updates later this week, as not having Kemoeatu again would be bad news for Rashard Mendenhall.
Tue, Nov 16, 2010 12:35:00 PM

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