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Steelers release running back LeGarrette Blount


The Steelers have released running back LeGarrette Blount, the team announced Tuesday

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazettereported earlier Tuesday that Blount was upset he did not carry the ball at all against the Titans on Monday night. Blount left the field before the end of the game, undressed in the locker room and proceeded to the team bus, Bouchette reported.

Bouchette added that "some players have been pushing for [the Steelers] to release [Blount] because of his poor attitude."

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Blount, the team's second-string running back, is averaging 5.9 carries per game this season. He has rushed 65 times for 266 yards in 11 games. He signed a two-year, $3.85 million deal with Pittsburgh prior to this season. He spent last season with the Patriots after spending his first three seasons in the league with the Buccaneers.

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Blount and starter Le'Veon Bell were arrested in August for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Neither player was suspended. 

The move leaves the Steelers with just two running backs on the active roster: Bell and rookie Dri Archer. Josh Harris, a rookie from Wake Forest, is on the team's practice squad. The Steelers have a bye week before their next game and could conceivably use that time to bring in another running back. 

- Dan Gartland