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LeGarrette Blount Suspended One Game for Substance Abuse

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has been suspended without pay for the 2015 regular-season opener, an NFL spokesman said Tuesday. Blount's suspension is for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Blount will lose $48,685 in base salary as part of the suspension, in addition to a $6,250 per-game roster bonus.

The 28-year-old was playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers when he and Le'Veon Bell were arrested Aug. 20; police said they found about three-fourths of an ounce of marijuana in Bell's car during a traffic stop in a Pittsburgh suburb.

Blount can participate in all offseason practices and preseason games before the suspension.

In his final five games of the regular season after joining the Patriots, Blount rushed for 281 yards on 60 carries, with three touchdowns.

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Patriots' LeGarrett Blount Explains Marshawn Lynch Shirt

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW ENGLAND) -- During the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory parade in Boston, running back LeGarrette Blount was seen holding up a t-shirt mocking Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch.

Pictures went viral of Blount holding up a shirt that read "B***h Mode" with the No. 24.  

Blount took to Twitter to explain his actions.

"About this shirt...Just so ppl know, I have 100% respect for @MoneyLynch and how he plays the game. There's a reason he's called #BeastMode," he wrote.

In the Patriots win over the Seahawks, Blount carried the ball 14 times for 40 yards.

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Pats Rule Out Edelman and Blount for Sunday's Showdown with Jets

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New England Patriots (11-3) will be without leading receiver Julian Edelman and running back LeGarrette Blount for their important road game versus the New York Jets (3-11) Sunday, the team announced Saturday. 

Blount is dealing with a shoulder injury and was a limited participant in practice all week. Without Blount, the Pats should use more of Jonas Gray and Shane Vereen against a Jets' rush defense that ranks fourth in the NFL in yards allowed per game.

Meanwhile, Edelman, who was also limited in practice all week, is dealing with the affects of concussion he suffered within the last week.  

Edelman has played in all 14 games for the Patriots this season. During that time he has 92 catches for 972 yards and five touchdowns (one coming via a punt return).

The game is big for playoff seeding for New England. A win secures the Patriots a first-round bye in the playoffs. Also, a Pats win coupled with a Denver loss earns them the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

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Patriots Silence Lions

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Tom Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns and the New England Patriots defense held the Detroit Lions in check all game en route to a 34-9 victory Sunday.

The Patriots (9-2) took command of the game in the second quarter. After Matt Prater kicked a 20-yard field goal to put the Lions within one point of the Pats, New England scored 17 unanswered to go into halftime with a 24-6 lead.

The second half is when the Patriots defense stepped up, allowing one field goal in six Lions' drives.

LeGarrette Blount, who was cut by the Steelers and then signed by the Patriots this past week, carried the ball 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

Detroit (7-4) couldn't get anything going on offense. Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate combined for only eight catches while being blanketed by Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis all afternoon.

The Patriots have now won seven straight and will head to Green Bay next weekend, where they will take on the Packers (8-3). Meanwhile, the Lions, which have lost two straight, will host the Chicago Bears (5-6) on Thanksgiving.

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Jonas Gray Oversleeps, Sent Home By Team

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBORO, Ma) -- Coming off of a 200-yard rushing performance against the Indianapolis Colts, Patriots running back Jonas Gray could do no wrong.

Friday, Gray was served a piece of head coach Bill Belichick's famous humble pie as he was sent home from practice after he arrived at the facility late.

Gray claims he overslept after his phone died; which he uses as an alarm clock. Gray reportedly went back to the facility to apologize to his teammates and coach Belichick. 

Gray is not the first Patriots player to receive this type of treatment for being late.  Players of the past including Randy Moss and Adalius Thomas were also sent home.  Earlier this season cornerback Darrelle Revis was sent home for arriving late. Revis played later that week against the Bears. 


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Blount Is a Patriot Again

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Running back LeGarrette Blount is a New England Patriot again.

After being cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, Blount signed with the Patriots Thursday, the team he played for last season.

ESPN reports the deal is for two years, is worth the veteran's minimum, and comes with incentives.

The 27-year-old Blount was released by the Steelers the day after he left the field -- before the team's Monday night game versus the Titans ended. Reportedly Blount was mad because he didn't receive any carries in the game. He then went unclaimed on waivers.

Blount played a big role in the Patriots making the AFC Championship game last season. He ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the team's AFC Divisional playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Blount has played in 10 games this season rushing for 266 yards on 65 carries and two touchdowns.

The Patriots released defensive lineman Casey Walker to open up a roster spot for Blount.

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Steelers Release RB LeGarrette Blount

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) -- The Steelers released running back LeGarrette Blount on Tuesday, following his early exit from the Steelers’ 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.

Blount left the field before the game ended and headed for the team bus. ESPN reports that he returned after he was called back into the locker room several times, but left again before the start of postgame interviews.

The fifth-year NFL veteran was upset because he was not used in the game, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“We believe the decision to release LeGarette is in the best interest of the organization and wish him the best of luck,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement.

In 11 games this season, Blount rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns on 65 carries.  He also had six receptions for 36 yards.

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Steelers RB's Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Await Punishment

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) -- Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is not worried about being without both his running backs come the season opener against the Cleveland Browns.

"Everything's on the table," Tomlin said regarding punishment coming to running backs, LeGarrett Blount and Le'Veon Bell.

The two were charged with marijuana possession and driving under the influence during their trip to play the Philadelphia Eagles last week and both could be suspended at the start of the regular season.

Veteran wide receiver Lance Moore defended his teammates.

"We don't spend a lot of time talking about what happens off the field. Obviously what's going to those guys is going to happen to those guys, and nothing we can do or say here is going to change that," he said. "We're not going to disown them or treat them differently. Obviously it's a situation that we would like to have not have happened, something that maybe could have been avoided. They made a decision, [but] once we walk through these doors, it's all work."

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Steelers RB's Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Face Pot Charges

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) -- Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with marijuana possession on Wednesday.

The Steelers were on their way to Philadelphia for their third preseason game against the Eagles Thursday and were found with marijuana at a traffic stop.

Ross Township traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after smelling a strong odor of marijuana.

"We are aware of the reports and still gathering information," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. "We will have no further comment at this time."

The NFL is also expected to review the incident.

Both runningbacks are still expected to play against the Eagles.

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Steelers Sign Running Back LeGarrette Blount to Two-Year Deal

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) -- With the Pittsburgh Steelers having an uncharacteristically poor season running the football in 2013, the team is deciding to bring in reinforcements as they've agreed on a two-year deal with LeGarrette Blount.

ESPN is reporting the deal is worth $3.85 million along with a $950,000 signing bonus.

This past season, the Steelers had just the 28th ranked rushing offense in the NFL, hardly what you expect from a team like the Steelers.

Blount will provide a steady and reliable backup option for LeVeon Bell, who struggled at times during his rookie season in 2013.

Last season, Blount got his career back on track as he ran for 772 yards, his highest mark since 2011, and also scored a career-high seven touchdowns while with the New England Patriots.

Bell wound up rushing for 860 yards in his rookie campaign, but did on while averaging just 3.5 yards per carry.

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