The Pittsburgh Steelers waived running back Chris Rainey on Thursday following his arrest for a domestic battery incident in Gainesville, Fla.
“Chris Rainey’s actions this morning were extremely disappointing,” Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said. “Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”
Rainey, the Steelers fifth round draft pick back in April out of Florida, played in all 16 games as a rookie. He led the team in kickoff return yardage with 1,035 yards and had 102 yards rushing on 26 carries with two touchdowns.
The release of Rainey comes with a $136,239 dead money charge in 2013. He was scheduled to earn a $480,000 base salary in 2013.