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1 Relaesed, 1 Walks Off, and 1 Suspended for the Rest of the Year

Three different running backs are in the news for three different reasons. All of them are quite different, yet quite puzzling.

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Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate.

One was released. This morning the Cleveland Browns released running back Ben Tate. He was signed to a 2 year $6.2 million contract. In the past 5 games he has 53 carries for a total of 90 yards.


Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount with a head of steam.

One just walks off. He is Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette reported that Blount left the field before the end of the game and suggested that at least one teammate felt the Steelers should have left Blount in Nashville. But, there was one major reason that Blount was not given a carry in the Steelers 27-24 win on Monday Night. His name is Le’Veon Bell. When you have a running back that has 204 yards and a touchdown in 33 carries, you don’t fix what is not broken. But, there are multiple reports coming out of Pittsburgh that the Steelers are getting tired with their disgruntled running back and that he may ultimately suffer a fate like Ben Tate above with the Steelers eating his 2 year $3.85 million contract.

The last one has been suspended for the remainder of the year. The NFL announced a short time ago that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended for the remainder of the year without pay for violating the leagues personal conduct policy. Peterson has missed the Vikings’ past nine games after being charged in Texas with committing reckless or negligent injury to a child. The felony charges stem from injuries Peterson’s son sustained when Peterson disciplined him with a switch. Peterson plead no contest to the misdemeanor reckless assault charges. Peterson’s misdemeanor plea, entered in Texas on Nov. 4, requires him to pay $4,000 and provide 80 hours of community service.The Vikings running back will not be eligible for reinstatement before April 15, 2015.The NFL Players’ Association immediately appealed the decision.

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