Monday, July 28, 2014, 9:53am
For the second time in his brief NFL career, running back Chris Rainey has been cut for off-field reasons.
Rainey was cut by the Colts today for violating team rules, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star adds that the release is conduct related and that head coach Chuck Pagano plans to provide more details.
What’s clear is that the decision was not about Rainey’s performance on the football field at training camp, which is consistent with what Pagano has been saying about Rainey: Pagano raved over the weekend about how much he likes Rainey, and when running back Vick Ballard was lost for the season with a knee injury, it appeared that Rainey would play an important role on the team as a backup running back as well as a kick returner.
Monday, July 28, 2014, 8:57am
The team gave no reason for cutting the running back, whom coach Chuck Pagano recently raved about at Colts training camp. The coach said he looked like the "old Chris Rainey" from his time in high school and at Florida.
Friday, July 25, 2014, 12:55pm
Steelers beat writer Scott Brown on RB Dri Archer's potential workload: "Archer has stiffer competition than Chris Rainey did for carries with LeVeon Bell and LeGarrette Blount ahead of him on the depth chart. I’d like to think that the Steelers will get Archer the ball eight to 10 times a game, but that depends a lot on him and the progress he makes during training camp."
Brown confirmed that the 8- to 10-touch estimate includes returns. Our current projection calls for 3.8 touches per game for Archer. One thing seems clear -- LeVeon Bell's touches are under pressure with Archer and Blount in the fold.
Monday, December 2, 2013, 5:34pm
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 2:46pm
"Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers."
Rashard Mendenhall is a free agent and may not return, so the Pittsburgh backfield may look very different in 2013.
Witnesses observed Rainey slap victim across the face.
Kansas City Chiefs
DE Glenn Dorsey (calf), QB Brady Quinn (head)
T Branden Albert (head), TE Steve Maneri (ankle), C Ryan Lilja (neck)
WR Antonio Brown (ankle), T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), LB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring), S Troy Polamalu (calf)
RB Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles)
LB Chris Carter (abdomen)
Emmaunel Sanders will draw the start in place of Brown opposite Mike Wallace and he’ll also return punts. Jerricho Cotchery, meanwhile, will be Pittsburgh’s No. 3 receiver. Isaac Redman will start for the Steelers after rushing for 147 yards and a touchdown against the Giants last week. Dwyer will be the backup.
Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:14pm
Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer (quadricep, doubtful) and Rashard Mendenhall (achilles, doubtful) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and are both doubtful for Week 9. Isaac Redman (ankle, probable) is a capable back that has a mediocre matchup and is in line for a big workload. Baron Batch (shin, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 9. Batch figures to back up Redman, but Chris Rainey will also be in the mix.
Friday, October 19, 2012, 7:13pm
Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (achilles, out) and Isaac Redman (ankle, out) missed practice all week and are out for Week 7. Jonathan Dwyer figures to get most of the work with both Mendenhall and Redman out. Baron Batch was active ahead of Dwyer last week due to his role on special teams. Batch and Chris Rainey should backup Dwyer, who is a sneaky start this week against the Bengals' suspect rush defense. He hasn't been very consistent this season, but he seems healthy and has a nice matchup this week. Consider him a low-end RB2.
Jonathan Dwyer figures to get most of the work with both Mendenhall and Redman out. Baron Batch was active ahead of Dwyer last week due to his role on special teams. Batch and Chris Rainey should backup Dwyer, who is a sneaky start this week against the Bengals' suspect rush defense. He hasn't been very consistent this season, but he seems healthy and has a nice matchup this week. Consider him a low-end RB2.
Sunday, August 19, 2012, 8:52pm
Steelers rookie RB Chris Rainey left Pittsburgh’s preseason game against the Colts in the first quarter after taking a big hit from Indy’s Jerraud Powers. Rainey stayed on the ground for a few moments before leaving the field.
If Redman were to miss time, the Steelers would likely turn to a RBBC consisting of Jonathan Dwyer and Chris Rainey.
Friday, August 10, 2012, 11:37am
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