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Patriots RB Blount suffers MCL sprain


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New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount suffered an injury to his right knee during Friday’s training camp session.

Blount has a sprained right MCL, the Boston Globe reported Saturday. The source told the newspaper that Blount will be ready for the start of the regular season.

The NFL suspended Blount one game — the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers — for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Blount was a member of the 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.

The 28-year-old Blount was released by the Steelers in November and joined the Patriots for the final five games of the 2014 regular season.

Blount ran for 266 yards in 11 regular-season games with Pittsburgh and 281 in five games with New England. He ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries in the 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game.

Blount missed the first two, unpadded days of training camp while on the non-football-injury list after failing the team’s conditioning run.

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