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11/23/14 - RB LeGarrette Blount, who was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers after leaving the field early last Monday night and re-signed by the Patriots on Tuesday, scored on a 3-yard run on his first carry back with his old team. It came on his second play from scrimmage. He went on to score another touchdown and reel off runs of 23 and 33 yards in the second half. Blount gained 78 yards on 12 carries. "It's good to see him back," NT Vince Wilfork said. "You know how we do things around here. He's never been a problem, and I don't see him being a problem for us."
11/20/14 - RB LeGarrette Blount re-signed with the Patriots Nov. 20, two days after pouting his way out of Pittsburgh. The big back signed with the Steelers this spring after reviving his career in New England last fall when he had 772 yards with a 5-yard average and seven scores on the ground. He had 189 yards and a pair of rushing scores against Buffalo in the 2013 season finale and then notched 166 yards and four ground scores a couple weeks later against the Colts in the divisional playoff.
He turned that performance into a two-year, $3.85 million deal with the Steelers that included a $950,000 signing bonus. But he was unhappy with his role with the Steelers, notching just 65 attempts for 266 yards and two scores in the first 11 games while Le'Veon Bell exploded for 195 carries and 951 yards. Blount reportedly left the field early at the conclusion of Pittsburgh's Monday night comeback win in Tennessee that was keyed by Bell's 204 yards rushing and was released the following day.
Blount signed a two-year deal with the Patriots reportedly worth up to $2.35 million, though it's for the prorated minimum for the rest of 2014.
He was on the practice field in New England on Thursday, interestingly wearing a No. 60 practice jersey. He could be negotiating with safety Don Jones for the No. 29 that Blount wore last season to much success for the Patriots.
Blount did not speak with the media, but new teammate and Sports Illustrated cover boy Jonas Gray was happy to welcome the veteran to the New England backfield.
"The guys here have nothing but good things to say about him. It's kind of funny, that running back position, they always talk about the camaraderie, so right away, even on the practice field, we acted like we've known each other for a long time," Gray said, just days after his own breakout 201-yard, four-touchdown performance. "I'm excited, man. I think it's going to be something good for us. For a team, what we want to do long-term, when these cold-w
11/18/14 - RB LeGarrette Blount, unhappy with his role as a backup in Pittsburgh, was released by the Steelers on Tuesday.
Blount signed a two-year, $3.85 million contract with the Steelers as a free agent on March 28 and played in all 11 games this season. He rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns on 65 carries and had six receptions for 36 yards.
Blount might have sealed his fate when he left the field before the end of the Steelers' 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. He appeared only briefly in the game and had no carries for the first time this season.
"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.
09/21/14 - RB LeGarrette Blount rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries against Carolina. Coupled with RB Le'Veon Bell gaining 147 yards on 21 carries, the Steelers had two players reach 100 rushing yards in the same game for the first time in 28 years.
08/21/14 - RBs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount played Thursday night, one day after they were arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana after the car they were in was pulled over by a traffic officer in Ross Township, Pa. Bell started against the Eagles and finished with 23 yards on nine attempts. Blount gained 32 yards on seven carries.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declined to comment on the charges, other than to say that he was disappointed and that the arrests had no impact on the game. Bell also refused to talk about the incident and just said he was disappointed in the way his team played.