Pittsburgh Steelers release RB Blount after troubled backup left nationally televised game

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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount (27) warms up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have released running back LeGarrette Blount. The move comes less than 24 hours after Blount left the field early in a victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount (27) runs past Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith for yardage during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA. 09th Nov, 2014. Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount (27) runs back the kick coverage during the NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Jets won 20-13. © Cal Sport Media/Alamy Live News
Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 26th Oct, 2014. LeGarrette Blount #27 during the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Indianapolis Colts game in Pittsburgh, PA. © Cal Sport Media/Alamy Live News
Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 26th Oct, 2014. LeGarrette Blount #27 during the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Indianapolis Colts game in Pittsburgh, PA. © Cal Sport Media/Alamy Live News
Dec. 17, 2011 - Tampa, Florida, U.S - Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount (27) is tackled by a host of Dallas Cowboys in the NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dallas leads Tampa 28-0 at halftime. (Credit Image: © Don Montague/Southcreek/ZUMAPRESS
Sept. 22, 2013 - Foxborough, Florida, U.S. - DANIEL WALLACE | Times.New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) is brought down short of a first down by Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson (38) as the Patriots go for it on 4th and six during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Sunday, September 22, 2013. The Patriots won 23-3. (Credit Image: © Daniel Wallace/Tampa Bay Times/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Running back Legarrette Blount of Oregon is pictured during the Senior Bowl North squad practice in Mobile, Ala., Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount stands on the field before their NCAA college football game against Perdue in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Oregon's Terence Scott celebrates with LeGarrette Blount (9) after he scores against Utah State in the second quarter of their NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, in Eugene, Ore. Oregon defeated Utah State 66-24. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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By RYAN GORMAN

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released a player after he quit on the team Monday night and walked off the field during a nationally televised game.

Troubled running back LeGarrette Blount reportedly walked off the field upset with his lack of carries during a game against the Tennessee Titans. He was released Tuesday shortly after the team returned to Pittsburgh.
The team made the announcement only minutes after star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, himself no stranger to controversy, slammed the second-string tailback in comments to KDKA.

"That is not what the Pittsburgh Steelers are," said Big Ben. "It's not what we are about."

Reports swirled around the team following an impressive, come-from-behind 27-24 win over the Titans in Nashville on Monday Night Football.

Roethlisberger acknowledged them, but said he did not have all the details surrounding exactly what happened.

Sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Blount walked off the field, showered, dressed and headed for the team bus while his teammates were still in the throes of a tight game.

The backup has 266 yards rushing this season on 65 carries.

Starter Le'Veon Bell, who ran 33 times for 204 yards, has 951 carries on 195 carries.

Bell has clearly outplayed Blount this season, but Blount reportedly had already complained to a local radio station about his lack of in-game action.

Blount, a former star for the University of Oregon, has also reportedly been a locker room problem for the last month, sources told the paper.

The former Oregon Duck has played for four teams in his five NFL seasons.

He was suspended for the entirety of his senior year after punching Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in the jaw following a game between the two schools.

He also was fingered as "the leader" of a 2011 group assault of a person in a Tampa parking garage, but never faced charges in the attack.

Blount and Bell were also notably arrested prior to this season for marijuana possession.

Bell is having a career year and looks to have a bright future in the league.

This could very well have been Blount's last stop.
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