Report: Colts Waive Former Steelers RB Chris Rainey For Violating Team Rules

Out of nowhere, the Indianapolis Colts released former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey Monday morning.

Rainey, who had reportedly been impressing so far in training camp with the Colts, was let go for violating team rules, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano recently lavished Rainey with praise.

“When we got Chris a year ago, he had been on a couch for 11 months,” Pagano said. “I don’t know what he was doing work-wise but he was living on a sofa with his brother, ‘He Hate Me.’ We had ‘He Hate Me’ in Oakland. Great dude. Love him. When I was at Oakland and I left Oakland to go back to college in 2007, his brother, ‘He Hate Me’, he said, ‘Coach good luck. I know you’re leaving, but you might want to take a look at this cat,’ and he handed me a DVD.

“It was of Chris Rainey and he was a senior at Lakeland High School. I’m going back to college, so I go home, packed up the house and it’s me and Tori, my youngest daughter, and we popped it in and watched four plays. She told me, ‘Go get that guy, that guy can play.’ It looked like everyone else was standing still on the tape and that’s what he looks like now. You can see the athleticism, the burst, the speed. He puts a foot in the ground and gets north and south.”

While Rainey may very well have been progressing and impressing, whatever he did that got him released so quickly from the Colts must have been pretty serious. The Florida product waited a long time to find a new team following him being waived by the Steelers immediately after the 2012 season and it looks like he might be done for good after this later incident.

Rainey was originally drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

  • Dom

    That’s a sham, really wanted him to catch somewhere but I’d say that this was his last chance.

  • Burgh Ball

    Is his career now….. “Up in Smoke”?

  • Jacque Strappe


  • James Goins

    Some guys just can’t get out of their own way.

  • srdan

    Some guys just don’t get it.

  • Bradys_Dad

    I hope that he gets his act together. God blessed him with incredible talent …. I’d hate to see it wasted.

  • Bvrsty

    jeez, i had a bad feeling about him after Tomlin’s comments that he was laying on the field “looking for some sympathy” (or something like that). Struck a bad chord with me, which was amplified with the domestic incident. And now this. Good riddance.

    Just reminds me of a childhood friend with lots of potential, but always wanted to “get over” while doing it. I imagine he is still in the old neighborhood, trying to be the coolest guy in the cesspool.

  • Jeff

    This is surprising!

    -Said no one, ever

  • Virdin Barzey

    I was impressed while he was here in the Burgh. No ill will towards the kid but its clear he has serious character issues and I’m sure it comes with a victim mentality. That’s a bad combo for success in the NFL and life in general.

  • Labrat0116

    One word………”STUPID” !!

  • There is always the CFL! and europe.

  • IndianaSteelerfan

    Didn’t Rainey spend the better part of his high school life in the Pouncey residence?

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    Yes actually, as did Aaron Hernandez and Marcus Gilbert– all Gators, all products of Urban Meyer’s character driven football program….

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    Once a thug, always a thug.

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    I cannot believe that any other team would give him a chance after threatening to murder his girlfriend and what he did while with us.

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    I was disappointed when the Steelers let him go. I felt he should have gotten a second chance but clearly I was wrong. Its a shame to see these young guys who have every blessing and opportunity throw it all away.

  • Dan

    I only know what the media tells me, but I thought the Steelers might have jumped the gun a little in releasing him. Maybe not. Will be interesting if we find out what happened in Indy.

  • Brendon Glad

    I think it’s probably safe to start his professional gambling career now.