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Steelers' Pouncey: Blount's Release 'A Blessing For Us'

| by Daniel Yancelson

Pittsburgh Steelers backup running back LeGarrette Blount has been released following an incident Monday night.

Before the Steelers sealed a 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football, Blount was already in the locker room ready to leave.

According to Ed Bouchette from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Blount was upset that he didn’t get a single carry in the game and opted to head to the locker room, change and head to the team bus ahead of time.

One reason for him not to get a carry is simple: Le’veon Bell, the starting running back, had a career night. He had 33 carries for 204 yards and a touchdown.

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Before Blount was released, some of the players on the team had been pushing for him to be released because of his poor attitude. Earlier in the season, Blount complained about his playing time to a reporter from 93.7 The Fan.

Center and team captain Maurkice Pouncey had a few words after his release Tuesday.

"We're fine," Pouncey said. "We have our starting running back. It's probably a good thing that it happened. At the end of the day, if it was a cancer, he ended up leaving on his own. That's a blessing for us. At the end of the day, we're good. We don't need him."

This was Blount’s fourth team in five NFL seasons, which speaks volumes about his attitude. Before his professional career, Blount played football at Oregon, where he got suspended for most of his final year after punching an opposing player.

For the season, Blount carried the ball 65 times for 276 yards and one touchdown.

Dri Archer, a rookie from Kent State, is listed as the new backup running back in the Steelers depth chart.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Photo Credit: Associated Press