LeGarrette Blount May Be Reinstated Before the End of the Season

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IOctober 2, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30:   Runningback LeGarrette Blount #9 of the University of Oregon Ducks celebrates his touchdown with a teammate during his team's 42-31 win over the Oklahoma State University Cowboys in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 30, 2008 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

In week one of the College Football season, much of the chatter was about the boneheaded move of LeGarrette Blount, who suckered punched a Boise State defensive linemen. The replay of the incident was replayed over and over again on the scoreboard and as well on all major news networks.

Yes, Blount also didn't make it better by wanting to enter the stands after being taunted by Boise State fans. He was restrained by police and by his teammates.

After the incident the University of Oregon on its own suspended Blount for the rest of the season, which effectively ended his career considering he's a senior. You do have to applaud Oregon for their quick punishment of Blount, but at the time it was announced, I wrote an article stating that the punishment had been too harsh.

Most of us on Bleacher Report have played a sport or two before. We know from first-hand experience that games have an emotional component to them. So, when that Boise State player came over and tapped Blount on the shoulder and said something to him, Blount snapped.

But who hasn't played a sport where either yourself, a teammate, a coach, or an opposing player has acted out over a call or something that happened to them during the game.

Heck, I was on a team in middle school and one of my teammates nearly started a brawl after a game. He had been making comments to the other team after the game that weren't appropriate.

Of course, in middle school, it's kind of different. The maturity level is very low at that age, but still, even at that age, you should be able to recognize those comments are going to incite someone to respond.

Now, back to Blount, he has apologized to Boise State, the coach, and the defensive lineman he punched.

Also, Blount had spoken to Kermit Washington. If you don't know who Washington is, he's the player in that infamous video clip throwing the punch that broke the jaw of Rudy Tomjanovich.

After the suspension was announced, it stated that Blount would still have his scholarship and that he is also able to practice with the team, just not play in any games.

Along with that, Oregon also set some guidelines for Blount while he was suspended, and according to KGW, there could be a possible reinstatement of Blount sometime during the season.

I think it's a great idea for the Ducks to set some guidelines for a possible return of Blount. I honestly don't think that one major mistake should cost him as much as it did.

When I wrote my first article, I stated he should have been suspended for five games for the punch and his reaction to the crowd, but I admit that may be a little too short of a suspension.

On top of the suspension, because Blount rushed for a negative five yards that dropped him below 1,000 yards at Oregon. Besides losing the 1,000-yard rusher status for Oregon, he also lost any chance of making a big impression for scouts for the NFL draft.

Basically, because of one terrible mistake, Blount's ability to make it to the NFL and have a career went right out the window. There's still a chance that he could make an NFL team, it's just going to be a lot bigger odds now.

Oregon has played four games so far this year with Blount missing three of those games with the current suspension. I believe if Blount does what he's supposed to do and follows the guidelines the Ducks have propose for him, he should be allowed to play the last three games of the season and the bowl game.

Yet, the biggest hope for me is that if Blount is ever in the situation he was in when an opposing player taps him on the shoulder and starts taunting, Blount does the right thing and just walks away and ignores the incident.