The New England Patriots running back LaGarrette Blount will be suspended for the first game of the NFL regular season without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Blount was stopped with then-Steelers teammate Le’Veon Bell on August 20th last year with three-fourths of an ounce of marijuana. Chargers were dropped when Blount completed 50 hours of community service.
After being released by the Steelers during the year, he signed with the Patriots and thrived, rushing for 281 yards on 60 carries to go along with three touchdowns. He ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship game.
The Patriots will likely turn to Jonas Gray in the opener, who’s listed as the back-up right now. Gray also lit up the Colts last year for 201 yards and four touchdowns before falling out of favor with Bill Belichick.
But a lot can change between now and the opener, especially with the running back position. One thing that likely won’t change is Blount will not be in uniform for the Patriots.