LeGarrette Blount was suspended eight games by the University of Oregon last season after he punched Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in both teams’ season-opener.
That incident cost Blount dearly, not only did he miss most of his senior season, but Blount — who entered the 2009 college season as one of the top running back prospects — went undrafted.
Blount’s latest punch, a short jab to Tennessee Titans defensive end Eric Bakhtiari‘s helmet a few moments after having his own headgear ripped off during a feisty Wednesday night practice, was downplayed by Titans coach Jeff Fisher.
“He apologized, and I said he didn’t have to apologize,” Fisher said. “It’s football. It’s training camp.”
Despite Fisher’s words, it’s been a difficult week for Blount. Aside from losing his temper on the field, he has new competition in the backfield. After Stafon Johnson suffered a season-ending injury and was then waived Tuesday, the Titans signed veteran RB Samkon Gado.
It looked like Blount was in position to earn a spot on the 53-man roster when Johnson went down, but the Gado addition coupled with Blount’s on-field incident clouds his future in Tennessee.
At this point, Blount needs to make news for carrying the football and nothing more.
Blount explains his side of the latest incident in this video.