Colts cut Chris Rainey for reportedly violating team rules

The Colts, like the Steelers before them, have cut ties with Chris Rainey. (USATSI)
The Colts, like the Steelers before them, have cut ties with Chris Rainey. (USATSI)

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Last week, Colts running back Vick Ballard was lost for the season to an ACL injury. The development meant troubled-but-talented Chris Rainey would have an opportunity to get more involved in the offense.

“I can do anything and everything," Rainey said over the weekend, via PFT. "Wherever they put me, I’m ready for it. I’m one of them play-making guys that make you miss. It just makes you smile because you know what you can do in the middle of the field. So just be ready for it when your time comes.”

Rainey's right about his playmaking ability, but the Colts cut him Monday. Not for any on-field shortcomings but, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, for violating team rules.

It's a familiar story for Rainey, taken by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. As a rookie, he contributed out of the backfield and as a returner, but he was waived hours after a Jan. 2013 arrest on a simple battery charge.

Rainey had been previously arrested in 2010, while at the University of Florida, on a felony stalking charge, which was later reduced to a misdemeanor. And in Dec. 2012, a month before the Steelers cut him, Rainey was cited for defiant trespass when he entered the Meadows Racetrack and Casino near Pittsburgh, after he had signed himself onto a self-exclusion list.

The self-exclusion list, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (by way of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), "allows a person to request to be banned from all legalized gaming activities and to be prohibited from collecting any winnings, recovering any losses or accepting complimentary gifts or services or any other thing of value at any licensed facility."

Should that person then step foot on the premises, the establishment must deny any winnings and ask the person to leave. At that point, the person can be arrested for trespassing.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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