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LeGarrette Blount released by Pittsburgh Steelers

LeGarrette Blount's Monday night walk-off has cost him his job.

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday that Blount has been released. The roster move comes one day after the running back reportedly left the field before the end of Monday's win over the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

"We believe the decision to release LeGarrette is in the best interest of the organization and wish him the best of luck," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement released by the team.

Blount didn't receive a single carry on Monday, watching from the sideline as Le'Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 204 yards on 33 carries. NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala saw Blount already dressed and prepared to board the team buses by the time most of the Steelers had reached the locker room.

NFL Media's Albert Breer texted a Steelers source on the reasoning behind Blount's release. The reply: "Selfish behavior." The source added that Blount had exhibited a pattern of behavior that came to a head on Monday.

If a team were to claim Blount, it would cost his new squad $317,647 this season and a non-guaranteed 2015 base salary of $2 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

Blount clearly lacked allies in his own locker room, making the decision by management an easy one. Blount can be a bruising and productive back in the right situation (see his playoff performance with the Patriots in January), but has now worn out his welcome with two teams. Buyer beware.

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