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Blount will play in Thursday's final preseason game, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Blount was arrested along with teammate Le'Veon Bell on marijuana possession charges last Wednesday. The next night, both running backs were worked into the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's third preseason game. Following that outing, coach Mike Tomlin ensured that his top two ball-carriers would be "dealt with swifty". So while Blount and Bell will play this Thursday, some sort of team discipline is expected to be handed down before the regular season.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 1 Month

Blount still faces possible discipline from the Steelers, although the extent of such discipline has not been disclosed, after getting arrested on marijuana possession last week, according to ESPN.com. "Everything's on the table," coach Mike Tomlin said.

Tomlin said Blount and Le'Veon Bell, who was arrested on marijuana possession and DUI charges, will be "dealt with swiftly," though the punishment won't be disclosed unless the Steelers suspend one or both of the players. Both may also be subject to discipline from the league, although nothing is expected to happen until next season. This does not bode well for Pittsburgh, which has no other runningback on the roster with any NFL carries. Fantasy owners planning on starting either should check back to see what, if any, punishments are handed out.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 1 Month

One day after getting arrested for marijuana possession, Blount gained 32 yards on seven carries in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.

Blount played into the fourth quarter along with Le'Veon Bell, who was also arrested in Wednesday's incident. Neither player figures to receive punishment from the league anytime soon, and while they both drew the ire of the Steelers organization, the team doesn't really have any other running backs to turn to. Blount and Bell probably won't have their roles affected by the incident, with Bell still likely to see most of the touches, but Blount a threat to handle a good portion of the early-down work and perhaps most of the goal-line carries.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 1 Month

Blount and Le'Veon Bell are slated to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

While the report notes that the two players face pending charges for marijuana possession stemming from a traffic stop Wednesday, their short-term playing status will evidently not be impacted by the incident. Moreover, the Post-Gazette suggests that beyond Thursday's contest, Blount and Bell seem unlikely to face a suspension that would impact their playing status in 2014, with a resolution in the matter more likely to occur after the season, if previous similar incidents reviewed by the league are considered.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 1 Month

Blount traveled with the Steelers to Philadelphia, where the team plays Thursday against the Eagles, NFL.com reports.

The report notes that Blount and teammate Le'Veon Bell could face misdemeanor marijuana possession charges stemming from a Wednesday traffic stop. In the short term, it's unclear whether either player will suit up for Thursday's contest. Beyond that, if formally charged, the report further indicates that the duo could be subject to the NFL's substance abuse policy, though in such a scenario Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette speculates that that the running backs would probably looking at no more than a one-game suspension, with a resolution either way, not likely to come anytime soon.

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Blount and teammate Le'Veon Bell were both charged by Ross Township Police with marijuana possession Wednesday, with Bell also charged with a DUI, Colin Dunlap of 93.7 The FAN reports.

It's certainly a troubling development for the Steelers, with their top two runners busted with 20 grams of pot Wednesday. Bell was evidently behind the wheel, as he was charged with a DUI, but he's relatively clean in terms of off-the-field issues. Blount has avoided trouble as a pro, and while the league likely won't issue discipline until the case is resolved in court, it could put Blount on shaky ground with the organization. He's totaled just 10 yards on six carries so far this preseason.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 1 Month

Blount rushed three times for zero yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.

Meanwhile, Le'Veon Bell ran four times for 11 yards in the contest. While there's not a ton to be gleaned from Saturday's numbers, and coach Mike Tomlin indicates that both backs will get their share of work this season, Bell -- a skilled pass-catcher out of the backfield -- remains on track to head the Steelers' backfield, with the bruising Blount on hand to spell him and perhaps factor in on short-yardage situations.

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Blount and Le'Veon Bell are "both going to get their share" of carries this season, according to comments made by coach Mike Tomlin on TribLiveRadio.

What this means in terms of the number of touches for each runningback is still unclear, although Bell remains ahead of Blount on the depth chart. Blount is likely to be used in short yardage situations, including near the goal-line, and any additional carries he may get has to be a concern to Bell owners. Hopefully we will have a clearer picture of their roles over the next few weeks.

LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 2 Months

Blount gained 10 yards on three carries in Saturday's preseason opener against the Giants.

Blount seemingly doesn't have much to gain or lose this preseason, as he's expected to spell Le'Veon Bell on early downs once the games count. Rookie Dri Archer is the more suitable player to work behind Bell on passing downs, while both Blount and Bell are viable candidates for the goal-line work. It remains unclear whether Blount is a major threat to Bell's goal-line carries.

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette expects LeGarrette Blount to handle 6-8 carries per game behind Le'Veon Bell this season.

It'll be worth monitoring in camp whether Blount replaces Bell in goal-line situations, although Le'Veon is effective short-yardage runner and Blount has historically had mixed results. Blount will be a change-of-pace back in Pittsburgh, and solid handcuff for Bell drafters. Although Le'Veon is 6-foot-1, 230, he's not a true power back like Blount. Bell, in fact, plays more along the lines of a Matt Forte, with outstanding versatility and vision, and elusiveness at the second level.