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Oregon Player Who Punched Opponent Is Signed By NFL’s Titans

April 26 (Bloomberg) -- Running back LeGarrette Blount, who missed most of his senior season at the University of Oregon for punching an opposing player, signed with the Tennessee Titans.

Blount, who wasn’t selected during the National Football League’s draft, initially agreed to sign with the San Francisco 49ers before changing his mind after speaking with Titans coach Jeff Fisher, according to the Nashville Tennessean.

Blount, 23, rushed for 1,002 yards and 17 scores during his junior year at Oregon. He was suspended following the Ducks’ season-opener in 2009 after punching a Boise State player following Oregon’s loss. He was escorted from the field by security and teammates after also confronting fans in the stands. Blount was reinstated for the final month of the season though played sparingly, rushing for 82 yards on 22 attempts for the year.

“We talked to the kid, we talked to Tony Dungy, who counseled the young man some, I think we spent a lot of time talking to the coaches there,” Titans General Manager Mike Reinfeldt told 104.5 FM in Nashville, according to ESPN. “I think we felt that it was probably the right thing to give him an opportunity.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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