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Steelers depth chart after release of LeGarrette Blount is thin

For now, the Steelers' rookie third round draft pick is their main back-up behind Le'Veon Bell at running back.

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The next man up, according to the Steelers' depth chart, is rookie Dri Archer.

The Steelers released veteran RB LeGarrette Blount on Tuesday, a day after Blount reportedly walked off the field, upset with a lack of playing time in the Steelers' 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans. Blount had rushed 65 times for 265 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

Archer? Eight carries and 41 yards.

Fullback Will Johnson is the only other running back on the roster with a carry (two for no yards). Knowing that, it's fair to say the Steelers' backfield has gotten considerably thinner in Blount's absence.

It's a necessary absence, though. A lesser player who's willing to be on the field is better than a decent one who isn't. Considering the Steelers have a bye in Week 12, they will have some time to sort through external options, but for now, the best one they have internally is Archer.

The team's third-round pick in 2014, Archer has seen his snap-count fluctuate between five and 10 most of the season. He was removed from kick-return duties at the middle point of the year, oddly, in favor of Blount, who was removed from that role against the Titans, in favor of wide receiver Markus Wheaton.

Archer hasn't shown much ability in terms of carries but that comes with few opportunities. He may be able to be worked into something as the year progresses, but it's likely the team will spend some time searching for a second running back, not a third one.