Steelers Cut Blount After He Leaves Field During NFL GameErik Matuszewski
The Pittsburgh Steelers released LeGarrette Blount, a day after their backup running back left the sidelines and headed to the locker room before the end of the team’s 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
Blount, 27, didn’t have a carry in the game while starting running back Le’Veon Bell had a season-high 33 carries for 204 yards and a touchdown last night in Nashville.
“We believe the decision to release LeGarrette is in the best interest of the organization and wish him the best of luck,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement.
Blount, playing with his third team in as many seasons, was second on the Steelers with 266 rushing yards this year. He had at least three carries in each of the team’s first 10 games, though had no yards on five rushes in a Week 10 loss to the New York Jets, and had complained in a recent radio interview about his lack of playing time.
Blount was under contract through next season and was set to make about $1.4 million in salary and bonuses this year.
“That was a selfish act,” former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis said on ESPN. “As a backup running back your responsibility is to be ready if needed. There’s no guarantee you’re going to get in the football game.”
Blount, who spent his first three National Football League seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was cited for possession of marijuana during training camp in August. He was suspended during his senior year at the University of Oregon after punching an opposing player.