Running back Chris Rainey’s NFL future was in doubt after he got released by the Steelers in the offseason. The 2012 fifth round pick was let go amid a number of offseason issues, which included allegations that he slapped his girlfriend. Rainey was arrested on a domestic battery charge, the case was later dropped but the damage to his career had already been done.
Rainey stayed in football shape and waited patiently for something to develop. Finally it did, on Wednesday the Colts signed Rainey to the active roster.
“Chris’ history is well-documented. We did our due diligence on Chris. We brought Chris in yesterday. We worked him out. We sat him down, spent a lot of time with him, obviously. He understands what the expectations are. We feel like he’s learned from his mistakes and they’re behind him. Again, he understands the opportunity that’s been given to him. He understands what it means to wear the horseshoe and we fully expect Chris to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano.
“Eleven months is a long time so I’m just glad to be back,” added Rainey.
His place with the Colts may be on special teams. In Pittsburgh last season Rainey returned 39 kickoffs for 1,039 yards and three punts for 16 yards.
“Obviously he’s done it in the past, both kickoff return and punt return, so certainly we know he’s more than capable,” said Pagano.
“I know I’m a playmaker. I came to help the team win. Wherever they put me. I’ll be ready.”
Rainey doesn’t know if he will play this weekend against the Cardinals, for now he’s just trying to get up to speed at practice.