Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, injured during Friday’s training camp session, suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee, according to a league source.
The source said Blount will be ready for the start of the regular season. The NFL suspended Blount for the first game, against Pittsburgh, because of an incident last season while he was a member of the Steelers.
Blount was hurt about 40 minutes into the full-pads practice and spent several minutes on the sideline being tended to by members of the training staff before slowly walking back to the locker room with a slight limp and his hands on his hips.
The 28-year-old back began training camp on the non-football injury list after failing the team conditioning run on the first day of camp; he completed just 12 of the 20 60-yard runs before cramping. He passed on his second attempt and began practicing on the third day of camp.
With Blount sidelined, Jonas Gray and Brandon Bolden stands to get more carries.
Blount spent the final five games of last year plus the postseason with the Patriots after being released by Pittsburgh; he played all 16 games for the Patriots in 2013.