Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette noted on Tuesday that Steelers' running back LeGarrette Blount left the field before the Steelers' 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans was over, apparently upset over a lack of playing time.
The Steelers rode Le'Veon Bell to 203 yards on 33 carries in the victory and no other running back had a carry for the first time this season.
Blount had spoken to BTSC's John Phillips earlier this season regarding his playing time and, while Blount indicated he felt he should be getting the ball more, he indicated that, as long as the team was winning, he was fine with it.
Apparently not anymore.
The Steelers grinded the Titans down during the fourth quarter, coming back from a 24-13 deficit to steal the win in Nashville. Sitting at 7-4 overall and in second place in the AFC North, the last thing they need now is any kind of distraction. Whether Blount's issues are caused by certain game-planning decisions that weren't followed, or simply that Bell has the hot hand, a certain amount of competitive fire is understandable.
But it's never ok to leave the field before a game is over. It's something Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will have to sort out quickly, even though the team now enters a bye-week.