LeGarrette Blount RB NE 3 days ago

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount passed his conditioning test and returned to practice in full pads Saturday, according to ESPN. Blount was placed on the non-football injury list to open training camp after reportedly failing his conditioning test. He needed to run 20 50-yard sprints in under eight second each, and he only did 12. Blount is in line to be the starter this season after Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley left in free agent this offseason, though Blount is suspended for the first game of the regular season because of a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. The suspension stemmed from an arrest last August for marijuana possession, back when he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His legal case was resolved in December, but the league's punishment remains in tact, allowing Jonas Gray and Brandon Bolden to likely get additional work in Week 1.

LeGarrette Blount RB NE 5 days ago

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount was placed on the non-football injury list Thursday after failing a conditioning test, according to the Boston Globe. Blount reportedly could only complete 12 of the 20 required 50-yard sprints in less than eight seconds each.

LeGarrette Blount RB NE 4 months ago

Blount will be suspended for one game for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

This stems from Blount's August arrest for marijuana possession, back when he was with the Steelers. His legal case was resolved in December, and the Patriots probably aren't surprised that they won't have Blount in Week 1. Jonas Gray and Brandon Bolden could handle the early-down work in Blount's absence, assuming they're still on the roster.

LeGarrette Blount RB NE 6 months ago

Blount had 14 carries for 40 yards in Sunday's 28-24 Super Bowl win over the Seahawks.

The Patriots tested out their power running game a few times, but the gameplan largely called for short passes, which led to Shane Vereen recording a team-high 11 receptions. Vereen and Stevan Ridley (knee) are both impending free agents, while Blount is signed for one more season. It would make sense for the Patriots to let Ridley walk, but there's little question that the team will either re-sign Vereen or seek a similar pass-catching replacement. Blount is currently the leading candidate to work as New England's top power back in 2015, but the team also has Jonas Gray, and the history of running back usage is notoriously difficult to predict. Also, the Patriots drafted James White in the fourth round of May's draft, and the former Wisconsin Badger may get a chance to earn a larger role in the offense next season.

LeGarrette Blount RB NE 6 months ago

Blount carried 30 times for 148 yards with three TDs in Sunday's 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

Blount -- who carried just three times for one yard in last week's win over the Ravens -- set a Patriots' postseason record with his 30 carries, as the Patriots re-established their ground game in a big way in the team's rout over the Colts. On the heels of his stellar effort Sunday, Blount is on track to remain the team's lead back in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks.

LeGarrette Blount RB NE 7 months ago

Blount was on the field for just 11-of-65 snaps on offense in the Patriots' win over the Ravens this past Saturday, ESPN.com reports.

In the process, Blount carried just three times for one yard, but on the heels of a pass-heavy game plan last weekend, it's reasonable to expect the Patriots (whose running backs combined for just seven carries against the Ravens) to run more against the Colts on Sunday in the AFC Championship game. The last time the two teams met, teammate Jonas Gray ran for 201 yards on 37 carries, but since then, Blount has re-emerged as the team's lead power back and we'd expect him to be much more of a factor against Indianapolis than he was against Baltimore, with New England likely to feature a more balanced attack this weekend.

LeGarrette Blount RB NE 7 months ago

Blount (shoulder) ran 10 times for a team-high 62 yards in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Bills.

After sitting out Week 16's game, Blount was able to re-establish his health Sunday in advance of the upcoming postseason. Once the Patriots return to action in the divisional round of the playoffs, Blount is a candidate to head the Patriots' backfield committee, which will also include Shane Vereen, fellow power back Jonas Gray (health permitting) and Brandon Bolden, to a lesser degree.

LeGarrette Blount RB NE 7 months ago

Blount (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bills.

With Jonas Gray already ruled out for the contest, the Patriots will roll with a Week 17 backfield comprised of Blount, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and James White. Neither are sure-fire bets in Sunday fantasy lineups, though it's possible that with the Patriots having nothing to gain, in terms of playoff seeding this week, Bolden and White could see more work than usual this Sunday.

LeGarrette Blount RB NE 7 months ago

Blount (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, the Patriots' official site reports.

Meanwhile, Jonas Gray has been ruled out for the contest, while Shane Vereen is also listed as questionable. With injuries in play and the Patriots having clinched the No. 1 playoff seed in the AFC, how the team's carries might be divided in Week 17 is tough to predict, with Brandon Bolden and James White (if active) also candidates to see work in the team's regular-season finale backfield.

LeGarrette Blount RB NE 7 months ago

Blount (shoulder) practiced Wednesday, the Boston Herald reports.

Though it's encouraging to see Blount participate in Wednesday's fully-padded practice, with the Patriots having clinched the No. 1 playoff seed in the AFC, the Boston Herald suggests that it's plausible that the team could elect to play it safe with Blount (along with some of its other banged up players) on Sunday against the Bills.