League rules prevented the Pittsburgh Steelers from being able to let go of running back Chris Rainey — who was arrested on charges of slapping his girlfriend last month — until after the Super Bowl.
However, the additional time didn’t change the organization’s decision. As Bob Labriola of Steelers.com reports, Rainey was officially released by the team on Monday, the first day he was eligible to be dropped from the roster.
In his rookie year, Rainey ran for 102 yards with two touchdowns on 26 carries and added 14 receptions for 60 yards with the Steelers. In the return game, the 5-9, 180-pound Rainey also averaged 5.3 yards (16 total yards) on three punt returns and gained 1,035 yards on 39 kick returns (26.5 yards per return).
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He was selected in the fifth round (159th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Florida, where he also set a Southeastern Conference career-record with six blocked punts.
Rainey, 24, who also had two other run-ins with the law during his...