Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II said that releasing New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount was the right decision at the time.
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New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has re-discovered great success since returning to the team in the middle of the 2014 season.
He rushed for 281 yards and three touchdowns in five games since being brought back by the Patriots. He was previously released by the Pittsburgh Steelers for leaving a Monday night game early.
Since the Patriots are going to the Super Bowl, Steelers owner Art Rooney II is receiving criticism for his decision to let Blount go.
The Steelers also lacked a running game in the first round of the playoffs since Le’Veon Bell was out with a knee injury, so Blount may have been able to save the Steelers offense. However, the Steelers owner defended his decision.
“Obviously we don’t want to have those kinds of things happen in the middle of the season but it is what it is and I think we made the decision for the right reasons,” Rooney said to ESPN.com.
Blount reportedly had an attitude problem with the Steelers, and his early departure from the Week 11 game was likely the straw that broke the camel’s back.
He also got himself in trouble at Oregon when he punched a Boise State player following a loss, and he went undrafted as a result.