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Maurkice Pouncey says LeGarrette Blount release is 'a blessing in disguise'

The Steelers' center said he was unaware of the situation until after the game but he stressed he's happy Blount is gone if he was going to be a distraction.

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It doesn't appear many Steelers really knew the level of frustration apparently being held by ex-Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount. Blount was released Tuesday following his walkout from the team during its game on Monday Night Football. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey said he wasn't aware of any issues Blount had prior to the game, but said 'if it was a cancer, I'm glad he's gone.'

The audio, recorded by 93.7 The Fan and BTSC reporter John Phillips on Tuesday at the Steelers' facility, is a forthright and steadfast Pouncey, suggesting if Blount was a locker room cancer, he's glad that he's gone and suggesting any player who doesn't want to be there shouldn't be there.

"If (he) was a cancer, then it's a good thing because he ended up leaving on his own," Pouncey said.

Pouncey said he wasn't aware what was going on until after the game, but he repeated a few times he's happy Blount is gone if he would be a distraction to the team.

"It's a blessing in disguise," he said.

That message should resonate throughout the rest of the locker room as the Steelers handle a few meetings before their time off. The Steelers have a bye in Week 12, and will return to prepare for the New Orleans Saints in Week 13.

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