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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.
03/31/14 - RB LeGarrette Blount signed a two-year contract on Friday with the Steelers.
The powerful 6-foot, 250-pound Blount rushed for 772 yards, a 5.0 per-carry average and seven touchdowns last season for the New England Patriots.
Blount visited the Steelers on Friday. He fits the need noted earlier by coach Mike Tomlin, who said the team wanted to add a backup to Le'Veon Bell.
The Steelers also met with Maurice Jones-Drew, who signed with the Raiders on Friday.
Blount, 27, played three seasons with Tampa Bay before joining the Patriots prior to the 2013 season. Blount's most productive season was 2010, when he rushed for 1,007 yards.
09/03/13 - RB LeGarrette Blount certainly doesn't look like a kickoff returner. At 250 pounds the Patriots backup running is anything but your typical kick returner. It's also a role he's never held in the NFL and really hasn't done regularly since high school. But this preseason New England gave Blount a few chances back deep and the veteran not only held his own, but seemed to enjoy himself in the role. He returned his one kickoff 27 yards.
With Leon Washington having been cut on Sept. 1 and the Patriots without an entrenched incumbent at the spot, there's always a chance Blount could get more opportunities in a role that's rare for a man of his size. Coach Bill Belichick said that Blount's overall experience as an NFL runner are some help in his potential new role.
"He's got a lot of experience carrying the ball and he has good vision, he has good running skills. He's seemed to pick it up well," Belichick said before admitting Blount's certainly not the prototype as returner. "Most return guys aren't that kind of size. I'd say that definitely puts him in the above average category, no doubt about that."
08/11/13 - RB LeGarrette Blount, the former 1,000-yard rusher, hadn't wowed anyone in the limited contact work in training camp, but Blount busted out for a big performance with 11 carries for 101 yards (9.2 average) and two scores in the preseason opener in Philadelphia. Blount is battling for the backup job in his first season in New England and his 51-yard touchdown against the Eagles certainly helped his cause.
06/04/13 - RB LeGarrette Blount was a 1,000-yard rusher his rookie year for Tampa Bay in 2010, averaging five yards per carry. After a couple of lesser seasons, he is trying to recapture that stride with the New England Patriots.
Blount followed that 1,000-yard year with a less impressive, though still productive, 781 yards in 2011. Then the Buccaneers drafted Doug Martin last season, and Blount saw his opportunities on the field plummet.
He rushed just 41 times for 151 yards. This offseason, Tampa Bay traded the 26-year-old Blount to New England in a swap of running backs. The Patriots sent Jeff Demps and a seventh-round draft choice to the Bucs.
In his first extensive discussion with reporters as a member of the Patriots, Blount was asked Tuesday if he was surprised by the trade.
He smirked as he paused to find the right words.
"Uh, I mean ... I really don't pay too much attention to it," he claimed. "If it happened, it happened. If it didn't, it didn't. I'm just here to play football. I love the game and this is what I want to do, whether it's here or anywhere else."