FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It was only fitting that LeGarrette Blount’s most productive game this season came against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7. In his first game at Heinz Field since being released in 2014, the running back ran for a season-high 127 yards to go along with two touchdowns.

Blount was released by Pittsburgh after walking off the sideline during a Monday night game against Tennessee. He was picked back up by the Patriots days later, and this year enjoyed the best season of his career, rushing for a career-high 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Blount said he’s not looking to get revenge against his former team. At this point, he knows bigger things are at stake in the AFC championship game.

“Nah. I’m going to go out there and play just like I play against everybody else,” Blount said Wednesday. “It’s more about us than them. We’re focused on the task at hand. We’re focused on what we’ve got to do to put ourselves in the best position to win.”

Lots of people have talked about the Patriots’ run defense stopping Le’Veon Bell this weekend, but one can’t forget how Blount torched the Steelers’ defense this season. The back ran 24 times and averaged 5.3 yards per carry.

That game was also a good reminder of how well Blount has fit in here in New England.

“We find a way to win more than any other team,” Blount said when asked about his success with the Patriots. “We have amazing coaches. We have great players. We have amazing players. It’s a family-oriented team and we do everything we can do to make sure we get W’s.”

The PatriotS are where they want to be heading into the AFC championship game. In their first practice of the week on Wednesday, every player on the 53-man roster was present.

The Patriots didn’t come out of Saturday’s win over Houston completely unscathed. Chris Hogan left the game in the third quarter with a thigh injury and didn’t return. Martellus Bennett also went down with what looked like a knee injury but finished the game. It was a good sign that both players were out on the field to start the week.

The same goes for Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola. Mitchell didn’t play last weekend because of a knee injury. Amendola played for the first time in over a month after being held out the final four games with an ankle injury.

“It was tough. As a competitor you want to be out there with your team and battle, but they handle business and that’s all that matters,” said Mitchell, who added he was feeling good. “I’ll take it day-by-day. I’ll go out there today and work as hard as I can, prepare as if I’ll be in the game, and go from there.”

“It was good. It was fun,” Amendola added. “Had a lot of fun out there. It was good to get a win so it was fun to play.”

Mitchell and Amendola were among seven Patriots limited in practice on Wednesday along with Bennett, Hogan, Brandon Bolden (knee), Dont’a Hightower (shoulder) and Jabaal Sheard (knee).

The Patriots were missing two practice squad players – fullback Glenn Gronkowski and defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton.


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