Arizona Cardinals also released running back Chris Rainey from the practice squad. The decision to Rainey, who has a history of domestic violence, follows the arrest of running back Jonathan Dwyer on aggravated assault charges on Wednesday.


Rainey was fifth-round pick of the Steelers in 2012, bu he was cut by the team after his rookie season when he was accused of slapping his girlfriend. He later pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct.

Rainey, unlike Dywer, didn’t recently do anything wrong but he’s being retroactively punished for his numerous run-ins with domestic violence. Rainey has been kicked off teams before for his actions and while there doesn’t seem to be anything immediately prompting this release, it’s something the Cardinals feel they needed to do as the league continues to purge violent off-field offenders from the sport.



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