The NFL has suspended LeGarrette Blount for the 2015 opener. (NFL Game Rewind)
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.
LeGarrette Blount outlasted the Colts for the second straight January. (NFL Game Rewind)
LeGarrette Blount wasn’t in the lineup when Jonas Gray and the New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in November.
The veteran running back was in the final week of his tenure with Pittsburgh Steelers, and looking on as second-year pro Le’Veon Bell rushed for 204 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries in a win over the Tennessee Titans.
It was a win that Blount would not have a single carry in. He would leave the sidelines before it was over. And he would be waived the next day, having accrued 266 yards and two touchdowns on 65 carries over 11 games. But Blount’s journey would come full circle when rejoined the Patriots as a free agent three days later, just three days after Gray tallied 201 yards and four touchdowns against Indianapolis.
Since then, the 28-year-old unclaimed free agent has since gone on to be part of six wins with the team he spent the 2013 season with. The part he played in the most recent one, a 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, stands alone as the biggest.
“He really made some great cuts in not good conditions,” head coach Bill Belichick said in his postgame press conference. “He found yards when there weren’t a lot there.”
LeGarrette Blount scored four TDs against the Colts last January. (NFL Game Rewind)
Hit the ground running.
That has been the offensive approach for the New England Patriots over the last two meetings with the Indianapolis Colts.
The Patriots rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns against the Colts in Week 11, on the heels of rushing for 234 yards and six touchdowns in the divisional round last January. A total of 100 carries and two victories were tallied in the process, while Brady tallied 55 passes.
Kyle Arrington left last Sunday’s game against Miami with a hamstring injury in the second quarter. (NFL Game Rewind)
Julian Edelman is one of three key contributors who won’t be on the field when the New England Patriots meet the New York Jets at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The team announced Saturday evening that the wide receiver, running back LeGarrette Blount and cornerback Kyle Arrington have been downgraded to out for Week 16. Continue reading
Jonas Gray stepped back into the offensive huddle for 20 plays Sunday. (NFL Game Rewind)
Four different New England Patriots combined for 21 rushing yards in the first half of Sunday’s game at Gillette Stadium. Jonas Gray was not one of them.
The practice-squad promotion, a month removed from a 37-carry, 201-yard, four-touchdown performance, watched through his facemask from the sideline and only left it to cover kickoffs. One quarter passed, then another as the former Miami Dolphins running back made his first contribution, tackling current Dolphins returner Jarvis Landry after a gain of 26.
Yet as the Patriots’ offense stepped on to the field for the third quarter of what was a 14-13 game, Gray followed. He followed to make a different kind of contribution, after having rushed for 13 yards on three carries over the New England’s last three games.
Soon, the 5-foot-10, 225-pound back would follow his blocks to lead the team in rushing.
LeGarrette Blount is running back to Foxborough. (NFL Game Rewind)
LeGarrette Blount wasn’t a free agent for long.
The 6-foot, 250-pound veteran running back, waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers one day after leaving field early in frustration over his role, was in Foxborough Thursday morning signing a two-year, veteran minimum contract with the New England Patriots.
The news and contract details were first reported by Josina Anderson of ESPN and Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun and National Football Post. Continue reading