PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers improved to 7-4 this season with a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans Monday night.
While an 11-point fourth quarter comeback was necessary, the biggest news to come from the game may have been the actions of running back LeGarrette Blount.
Blount reportedly left the game before it was over, but not over any injury concerns. According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Blount left the sidelines because he was unhappy with his lack of carries.
Today, Ben Roethlisberger addressed the issue during the weekly "#1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show" on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan.
"I don't know exactly what happened, but if it is true, it's disturbing because I would think he would be happy for a close friend and of his fellow position guy," Roethlisberger said. "I figured he would be happy, but like I said, I'm not going to rush to judge because I don't know exactly what happened. So, I think today we will be able to find out more details."
The Steelers were scheduled to have team meetings today, where it would seem likely that the Blount situation would be discussed.
So, can Roethlisberger forgive Blount for his actions?
"It will be tough if it was just for pure selfishness and he was just upset about not getting the ball or whatever and walked out because he is a new player to our team," Roethlisberger said. "If it was a guy who has been here for a while and we know and it was just a lapse in judgment and he was upset about something, I think it would be easier to look past. But, it will be tough if it was just for pure selfishness reason because that is not what the Pittsburgh Steelers are. It's not what we are about, but like I said, I don't know anything about that yet so I'm not going to judge right now."
While it is unknown what punishment Blount may face from the team, Roethlisberger said it probably won't be light.
"I don't think it's something that coach is going to take lightly because he knows how important team is and comradery," Roethlisberger said. "It's a tough situation he is going to be in, but that is why he is our head coach. He will make the decision that is best for the team and us as players will live with it and make it work whatever it is."
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