Report: Rainey Suffered Cracked Rib Versus Giants But Says He Will Play Against Chiefs

The Thursday injury report for the Pittsburgh Steelers has already been released and it shows that running back Chris Rainey practiced fully. According to Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times on Twitter, Rainey says that he suffered a cracked rib in the game against the New York Giants, but that he intends on playing Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rainey injured the rib when he was tackled on a kickoff return by Adrian Tracy with under two minutes left to go in the third quarter. Rainey seemed fine after the hit but later collapsed coming off the field near the Steelers sideline. The rookie running back stayed down for several minutes before being helped off of the field in obvious pain.

Should Rainey indeed suit up Monday night, he will likely be wearing extra protection around his midsection. It is unclear if he will be able to perform his return duties and head coach Mike Tomlin might decide to let Emmanuel Sanders handle them for the game to save extra wear and tear on Rainey.

  • Guest

    If I am the Steelers, I limit him. He is more important to this team than people think. I don’t think it is necessary in this game to play him much unless you have to.

  • I really hope he doesn’t play we can beat the Chiefs without him returing kicks/punts. Let Sanders handle it we need him for the stretch run.

  • r4kolb

    I have a feeling due to his lack of size he is going to be hurt a lot. The NFL is not like college. It’s the best of the best, big fast men. Too big for little Chris. Don’t get me wrong I love the guy and he’s a special talent. I just see him getting wrecked by bigger dudes.

  • Ahmad

    I wouldn’t even play him this week. The only reason why I see him playing this game is because Haley plans to use him to burn his former team.

  • Exacctly. Haley has been great so far. But one of his mistakes is using Rainey as much as he has on regular offensive snaps. For now, I am content with Rainey on STs and the occasional offensive snap where he is more of a receiver than a RB