Colts cut Chris Rainey

AP

So much for Chris Rainey doing “anything and everything” for the Colts this year.

Rainey, the running back and return man who appeared to be ready to compete for a big role in the offense after the injury to Vick Ballard, has instead been released. The Colts announced the move in a brief statement today.

No reason for Rainey’s release was given, but the timing is odd, both because the Ballard injury has the Colts thin at running back and because just days ago coach Chuck Pagano spoke glowingly about Rainey in practice.

Rainey was drafted by the Steelers in 2012 and had just 26 carries for 102 yards as a rookie, and the Steelers cut him when he was arrested shortly after his rookie year ended. Rainey signed with the Colts late last season and played only sparingly as a return man in two games. Now he’ll be placed on waivers, and we’ll see whether any other team wants to put in a claim for a player who says he can do “anything and everything” with the ball in his hands.

14 responses to “Colts cut Chris Rainey

  1. I know he was a trouble maker in Pittsburgh, that’s why the Steelers cut him. He was a pretty decent return guy, but either then that, nothing really special.

  2. Nice pick by the declining steelers.

    The Cincinnati Bengals picked up safety George Iloka and wide receiver Marvin Jones in the same 5th round (7 and 8 picks after Rainey).

    2013 Cincinnati Bengals PASS Defense = 5th in NFL
    2013 pittsburgh steelers PASS Defense = 18th in NFL

    2013 Cincinnati Bengals PASS Offense = 8th in NFL
    2013 pittsburgh steelers PASS Offense = 12th in NFL

    ENJOY (bubby brister)!!!

  3. Welcome to San Fran, Mr. Rainey!

    Chris Rainey hasn’t proven himself yet, but he certainly has potential. This season could easily turn out like last year, only without Donnie Brown to bail us out. There is no one left to bail the running game out!! Herron isn’t the guy either. Maybe the Colts have their eyes on a couple guys they want to go after?

    The Colts made a HUGE mistake letting Donnie Brown walk. I’m from Indy, and it’s always seemed like the Colts were down on him, yet he’s saved our butts countless times. DB might not have been a great blocker, but he could hit the gaps quickly.

    My point is, the Colts now have no depth. Bradshaw’s health can’t be trusted and T-Rich could remain a bust. Maybe the Colts see that T-Rich gets it now? If so, he could be a great back. I just don’t think having 3 RB’s on the roster is going to cut it. FB’s Havilli and Harvey aren’t going get the job done either.

  4. we know it wasn’t domestic violence, that’s only a 2 game suspension, musta been caught smoking pot, or even worse, a Dui…

  5. The Ravens will be calling him shortly. They have no problems with off-the-field behavioral problems.

  6. As for Chris Rainey I never understood all the fuss about him. He was a decent return guy but that’s all. Never understood why they tried to force feed this guy the football. His speed was overrated. He was more shifty than fast.

  7. doctorrustbelt says:
    Jul 28, 2014 8:32 AM
    Nice pick by the declining steelers.

    The Cincinnati Bengals picked up safety George Iloka and wide receiver Marvin Jones in the same 5th round (7 and 8 picks after Rainey).

    2013 Cincinnati Bengals PASS Defense = 5th in NFL
    2013 pittsburgh steelers PASS Defense = 18th in NFL

    2013 Cincinnati Bengals PASS Offense = 8th in NFL
    2013 pittsburgh steelers PASS Offense = 12th in NFL

    ENJOY (bubby brister)!!!

    Steelers = Division titles and Superbowls

    Bengals = Nothing but a joke of a franchise

  8. “The Colts made a HUGE mistake letting Donnie Brown walk. I’m from Indy, and it’s always seemed like the Colts were down on him, yet he’s saved our butts countless times. DB might not have been a great blocker, but he could hit the gaps quickly”

    That’s some serious rose colored glasses action there. Nothing against Brown, but he was nothing special. He was a first round pick and he never came anywhere near 1,000 yards rushing and has been mostly a backup. The Colts let him go because they didn’t think he was worth the money he was asking for. It’s that simple.

    I’m from Indy too and like I said, nothing against Brown but his production is easily replaceable and I don’t remember him “saving” the Colts buts too many times personally. I remember him being mostly mediocre.

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