Drugs

Judge: Community service could make ex-Steeler LeGarrette Blount's pot charge go away

  • New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount leaves district court on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in West View, Pa. after a preliminary hearing on a marijuana possession charge stemming from an August traffic stop when he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The judge said he'll dismiss the marijuana possession charge against Blount if he completes 50 hours of community service by a Feb. 4 court date. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was driving the car and also charged. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount leaves district court on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in West View, Pa. after a preliminary hearing on a marijuana possession charge stemming from an August traffic stop when he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The judge said he'll dismiss the marijuana possession charge against Blount if he completes 50 hours of community service by a Feb. 4 court date. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was driving the car and also charged. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount walks to a district court on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in West View, Pa. for a preliminary hearing on a marijuana possession charge stemming from an August traffic stop when he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The district judge said he'll dismiss the marijuana possession charge against Blount if he completes 50 hours of community service by a Feb. 4 court date. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was driving the car and also charged. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount walks to a district court on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in West View, Pa. for a preliminary hearing on a marijuana possession charge stemming from an August traffic stop when he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The district judge said he'll dismiss the marijuana possession charge against Blount if he completes 50 hours of community service by a Feb. 4 court date. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was driving the car and also charged. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, right, leaves a district court with his attorney, Casey White on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in West View, Pa. after a preliminary hearing on a marijuana possession charge stemming from an August traffic stop when he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The judge said he'll dismiss the marijuana possession charge against Blount if he completes 50 hours of community service by a Feb. 4 court date. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was driving the car and also charged. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, right, leaves a district court with his attorney, Casey White on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in West View, Pa. after a preliminary hearing on a marijuana possession charge stemming from an August traffic stop when he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The judge said he'll dismiss the marijuana possession charge against Blount if he completes 50 hours of community service by a Feb. 4 court date. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was driving the car and also charged. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)  (The Associated Press)

A Pittsburgh-area judge says he'll dismiss a marijuana possession charge against New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount if Blount completes 50 hours of community service by a Feb. 4 court date.

The judge said Wednesday he wants the former Steelers player to spend the time volunteering at a youth center, possibly in Pittsburgh's inner city.

The 28-year-old Blount and Steelers teammate Le'Veon Bell were charged after police say they found marijuana in Bell's car during an Aug. 20 stop in a Pittsburgh suburb.

Bell has agreed to enter a first-offender's program that could enable him to get his record expunged if he completes 15 months' probation. A judge must still approve Bell's entry into the program.

Blount was cut by the Steelers and picked up by the Patriots last month.