Rainey, who went to Western Kentucky, was one of the Ravens’ most productive offensive players in the preseason. In four games, he rushed 23 times for 55 yards and he caught a team-leading 14 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns.
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He survived final cuts and initially made the team as the third running back behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. However, he was waived before the Ravens' season-opening 44-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last night.
"Bobby Rainey is a big part of our plans," said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. "I texted Bobby before the game. He is, rightly so, kind of upset about it. Bobby is a guy that I cherish. We just did it for special teams reasons, pure and simply. Anthony Allen has done a great job on special teams, and we made a strategic roster move we hope works for us."