LeGarrette Blount’s college career was best known for his punch on Byron Hout in a game against the Boise State Broncos last year. Blount, now a member of the Tennessee Titans, hasn’t played a game of professional football yet, and he has already thrown another punch.
This time, however, no punishment will be handed out.
Blount threw a right to the helmet of defensive end Eric Bakhtiari shortly after Blount’s helmet came off during a drill.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher, however, isn’t concerned one bit.
“He apologized, and I said he didn’t have to apologize,” said Fisher. “It’s football. It’s training camp.
“His past is his past. Is that the first punch you’ve seen in camp this year? No. I’m not disappointed whatsoever. I have great confidence in the young man that he learned from his mistake, and he’s very competitive. That’s why we brought him in here is to watch him run the football like that.” Blount, who was not drafted, was brought in as a free agent after Tennessee traded away LenDale White.
Blount claimed that his helmet was intentionally pulled off on two consecutive plays. He apologized to coach Fisher because he promised not to fight anymore.
“That was my past. It just came up again. I got into one of those situations where the defense pushed me too far. With training camp and everything going the way it is and being as intense as it is and me being a rookie, it was just something I shouldn’t have done. But I did it,” said Blount.
A new NFL rule that will be implemented this season will stop play when a player’s helmet comes off.