Steelers cut loose rookie after arrest

Steelers cut loose rookie after arrest
January 11, 2013, 1:30 am
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On Thursday morning, Steelers running back Chris Rainey was charged with battery for allegedly hitting his girlfriend. By Thursday afternoon, he was on his way to becoming an ex-Steeler.

"Chris Rainey's actions this morning were extremely disappointing," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. "Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers."

As Pro Football Talk reports, the Steelers can’t officially waive Rainey until after the season ends.

According to police in Gainesville, Fla., Rainey and the woman were arguing about his cellphone, which the woman had taken from him. Apparently in the process of trying to force her to give it back, Rainey struck her in the face with an open hand, police said.

Rainey denied to police that he had hit her.

Rainey was a fifth-round draft pick in 2012. This season, he carried the ball 26 times for 102 yards, caught 14 passes for 60 yards, returned 39 kickoffs for an average of 26.5 yards and ran back three punts for a 5.3-yard average. In that limited action, Rainey also fumbled four times.

Had he shown more promise, would the Steelers have kept him? NFL.com points out another Steelers rookie, nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu, remains on the roster despite his arrest in October after an incident in which police said he drunkenly drove his vehicle the wrong way down a one-way street, smashing into four cars, then attempted to run away from police and fought with officers who were trying to arrest him.