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Ex-Steeler RB looks for work

March 13, 2013
The Altoona Mirror

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey is waiting for a second chance.

Or maybe it's a third one.

Rainey, a fifth-round draft pick in 2012, was arrested in January and charged with one count of simple battery. The incident cost him his job with the Steelers, who waived the rookie a few hours after the news broke. He eventually pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct.

Still, it was his second arrest in less than 30 months. He pleaded guilty misdemeanor stalking while attending Florida in 2010.

Rainey was back in Gainesville on Tuesday, watching former teammates take part in Pro Day. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin were on hand for the workouts, but it was unclear whether Rainey spoke with them.

"I guess they probably wanted to teach everybody else a lesson or something," Rainey said. "That's how I look at it."

Rainey was a promising return man and a third-down back as a rookie. He ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns last season. He also caught 14 passes for 60 yards and returned 39 kickoffs for a 26.5-yard average.

The Steelers, though, seemingly had a zero-tolerance policy with him because of his past.

He expects to sign with another team, possibly after free agency and the draft.

 
 
 

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