Blog: Ducks coach may consider reinstating Blount

BY foxsports • October 2, 2009

That's a possibility, according to a blog on the Web site of The (Eugene) Register-Guard newspaper.

Rob Moseley, who covers Oregon football for The Register-Guard, wrote that Ducks coach Chip Kelly will address the status of the suspended senior running back after the team's walk-through on Friday, and "(it) is believed that Kelly will introduce the possibility that Blount could play again this season."

Blount was suspended after the Ducks' season-opening loss to Boise State on Sept. 3. After the nationally televised game, Blount punched Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in the jaw after Hout tapped him on the shoulder pads and said something to him. Blount then had to be restrained from going after fans.

Blount has been allowed to practice with the team, but not play in games. He is believed to be undergoing counseling. According to The Register-Guard blog, a letter submitted in his name was published on Thursday by Oregon's campus news outlet, the Daily Emerald, in which Blount apologized to the campus community.

The Register-Guard blog also reported that Oregon officials have connected Blount with mentors, including Kermit Washington, who was suspended by the NBA in 1977 after punching opponent Rudy Tomjanovich.

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