The running back apparently wasn’t happy with his playing time in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the Tennessee Titans and reportedly decided leave the field early. The following day, the Steelers released him.
Blount has yet to speak to the media since his release, but Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell — who remains close with Blount despite being the primary reason for his light workload — told reporters he reached out to his friend and former teammate.
“He’s doing good,” Bell said, via ESPN. “Obviously he’s not in the best (place), but he understands he made a mistake… He made his decision and he has to live with it.”
Blount found some success with the New England Patriots last season, tallying 772 rushing yards and a career-high seven rushing touchdowns and adding a four-touchdown performance in a playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Yet the 27-year-old played second fiddle to Bell in Pittsburgh, a reality brought to a head when Bell received 33 carries to Blount’s zero in Monday night’s win. That’s cause for frustration, sure, but even Bell knows leaving the field in the middle of a game isn’t exactly the smartest move.
“It was surprising because I didn’t see that coming,” Bell added. “There’s some things you can’t do. He pushed those buttons, and that’s what happens.”
Blount went unclaimed on waivers Wednesday and officially is a free agent.
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