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Colts cut running back Chris Rainey

Running back released Aaron Wilson

Print This July 28, 2014, 08:26 AM EST

The Indianapolis Colts have released running back Chris Rainey, a surprising move considering that Vick Ballard is out for the season.

“I can do anything and everything," Rainey said this week. "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 you’re time comes.”

Rainey is a former Pittsburgh Steelers draft pick who had 102 yards on 26 carries as a rookie. He was released by the Steelers when he was arrested.

Signed last season, he played in two games and had six kickoff returns for 131 yards and four punt returns for 29 yards. For his career, Rainey has returned 45 kickoffs for 1,166 yards and seven punts for 29 yards.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano had recently praised Rainey.

“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.”

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