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Patriots’ Blount suspended one game


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The NFL suspended New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount one game for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Blount was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers last year when he and Steelers teammate Le’Veon Bell were stopped by police. Blount was arrested for marijuana possession, but prosecutors dropped the charge after Blount performed 50 hours of community service. That did not prevent the NFL from suspending Blount for the first regular-season game of next season, though.

Blount can still participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Bell, who was driving the car, was charged with DUI and received probation. He probably will be suspended for two games by the NFL, although no announcement has been made.

Blount was released by the Steelers and joined the Patriots for the final five games of the 2014 regular season.

He rushed for 281 yards and three touchdowns in those five games and ran for 189 yards during the playoffs. He scored three touchdowns in the 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game.

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