When the New England Patriots embark on Week 1 of the 2015 regular season, LeGarrette Blount will not be among them.
The Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has been suspended without pay for next September’s regular-season opener, according to an NFL spokesperson.
Blount’s suspension is for violating of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. And under it, the 2009 undrafted free agent is permitted to take part in the team’s offseason program and preseason itinerary, before serving his one-game ban.
The matter stems from last preseason, when the 28-year-old rusher was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He and future first-team All-Pro Le’Veon Bell were arrested for marijuana possession during an Aug. 20 traffic stop.
Charges were ultimately dropped against Blount after he completed 50 hours of community service prior to the February deadline.
Blount was waived by the Steelers after Week 11 versus the Tennessee Titans, when he left the field early following a victory in which he received no carries in. The 6-foot, 250-pound Oregon product proceeded to re-sign with the Patriots, whom he spent 2013 with, after clearing waivers later that week.
The reunion saw Blount go on to rush for 281 yards and three touchdowns over 60 carries with New England to close the regular season. He tacked on 189 yards and three scores on 47 carries during the playoff and Super Bowl run.
Blount amassed 772 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 153 attempts with the Patriots the year prior.