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Patriots sign ex-Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount

Running back LeGarrette Blount signed with the New England Patriots on Thursday, just days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Running back LeGarrette Blount signed with the New England Patriots on Thursday, just days after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced.

He went unclaimed on waivers and was free to sign with any team.

The Boston Globe's Ben Volin reports that Blount will receive a two-year deal for the league minimum salary, plus incentives.

Blount was released by Pittsburgh less than 24 hours after leaving the field before the end of the Steelers’ 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. Blount reportedly was upset over his lack of playing time after he did not carry the ball once in the game.

• Bell: Blount 'made a mistake' by leaving field early

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Blount spent the 2013 season with the Patriots before signing a two-year, $3.85 million contract with Pittsburgh in the offseason. He ran for 773 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2013 regular season. Blount also rushed for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the Patriots' 43-22 Divisional Playoff victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Blount has 266 rushing yards and two touchdowns this season.

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