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LeGarrette Blount: Former Oregon player punches Titans teammate

Usually, a punch thrown in an NFL practice is no big deal. But if your name is LeGarrette Blount, it's going to draw attention. Now with the Tennessee Titans, Blount, who was suspended for punching an opponent when he played at Oregon, took a swing at a defensive player he felt was being overaggressive Wednesday night.

"Two plays in a row they pulled my helmet off intentionally, and then they did it again,'' Blount told the Tennessean. "They almost do it every day. They grab you by the back of the head and pull your helmet off. They know that automatically calls the play dead. They kept egging on and provoking 'til it got to a certain point. They did it to everybody.''

The Tennessean reported that he instantly went to Coach Jeff Fisher and apologized after punching at defensive end Eric Bakhtiari, who was wearing a helmet. As an Oregon player, Blount was suspended last year for punching a Boise State opponent who was taunting him.

"I promised to him it was behind me and that was in my past and it just came up again,'' Blount said. "I got into a situation where the defense pushed me too far.''

Blount had missed practices Monday and Tuesday because of the death of his grandmother.

"I am not disappointed whatsoever,'' Fisher said. "His past is his past. Is that the first punch you've seen at camp this year? No. OK. I am not disappointed whatsoever. I have great confidence in the young man that he has learned from his mistake and is very competitive.''

By Cindy Boren  |  August 19, 2010; 8:17 AM ET
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Jeff Fisher was very diplomatic in his answer, but I would definitely be keeping an eye on Blount, lest someone get Rudy T'd in a critical game situation. Opposing teams will mouth off and try to "push you too far" too, LeGarrette, learn to keep your cool...

Posted by: walkdwalk | August 19, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Much todo about nothing.

Posted by: truthbeknown | August 19, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I don't have a problem with him punching the DE, but he's definitely going to have a target on his back because opposing teams will surely try to provoke him. The dumb thing was punching his teammate in THE HELMET...the only thing he's going to hurt is his hand.

Posted by: pigg2tig | August 19, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

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