Steelers Cut RB Rainey After Arrest in Florida

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Rainey worked primarily on special teams during his rookie season. He averaged 26.5 yards on 39 kickoff returns. The Steelers used him occasionally as a change of pace in the backfield. Rainey finished with 102 yards rushing and two scores while also catching 14 passes for 60 yards.

Rainey’s agent, Joel Segal, didn’t return a phone call for comment.

Thursday’s arrest wasn’t Rainey’s first brush with the law. He was arrested Sept. 14, 2010 and charged with aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony, for allegedly sending a former girlfriend a threatening text message that read, in part, “Time to die ….”

Rainey spent a night in jail and was dismissed from the team by Florida coach Urban Meyer the next day. Meyer said Rainey violated the program’s core value regarding violence against women. Rainey agreed to a plea deal two weeks later and eventually returned to the field.

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