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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Rainey has scare before returning to game

    By Ralph Paulk
    Published: Sunday, August 19, 2012

    Steelers running backs Chris Rainey and Issac Redman during OTAs on the South Side May 2012

    The Steelers aren’t concerned about the size of running back Chris Rainey’s heart, but the coaches worry how much punishment the 5-foot-8, 178-pounder can endure.

    It took one hard jab to bring him down Sunday against Indianapolis. Rainey swept left on a reverse, then was hammered by Jerraud Powers as he cut toward the middle of the field.

    Rainey, who caught a 57-yard TD pass in the preseason opener at Philadelphia, was examined before being escorted to the locker room for further tests for possible concussion symptoms. Rainey returned to the game late in the first quarter.

    • Antonio Brown dodged several Colts en route to the end zone on 67-yard TD catch in the first quarter. But credit tight end Heath Miller and running back Baron Batch with assists. Miller created a seam with a block on the boundary, then Batch took out two defenders to clear a path to the end zone. Batch missed last season with a knee injury but has bolstered his chances of making the team.

    • Quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who completed 4 of 5 passes for 65 yards, showcased the mobility and agility that’s made him a contender for the third-string job. Johnson completed a fourth-down pass of 24 yards to receiver David Gilreath in the fourth quarter, then threw 21 yards to tight end Justin Peelle. On third-and-29, Johnson completed a 14-yard pass to rookie Toney Clemons (Valley) to set up a Daniel Hrapmann field goal.

    • Ike Taylor and Reggie Wayne dueled during the first quarter. Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck targeted Wayne once on the first two drives. He appeared to have Wayne open on an out pattern, but Taylor returned it 49 yards for a score. Wayne gained redemption with 27- and 23-yard receptions to set up a Luck scoring run.

    • Steelers linebacker Stevenson Sylvester missed the game with a knee injury. The Colts lost linebacker Robert Mathis (shoulder strain), receiver Austin Collie (concussion-like symptoms) and defensive end Cory Redding (knee) with injuries.

    • Linebacker Mortty Ivy blocked a punt in the third quarter, and safety Robert Golden had 11⁄2 tackles on special teams in the first three quarters.

    This is the whole risk/reward scenario with Rainey. He can explode for a great play and then take one hit and be out of the game. That is why I really think they should carry him as the #6 WR and keep and extra RB.

    He just takes too much punishment running the ball out of the backfield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    “I don’t like talking about him … but he’s pretty good,” Roethlisberger said.

    anyone else confused by this line? Is it an inside joke?
    I was confused by that at first as well. But then read this:

    PHILADELPHIA — Ben Roethlisberger is selective when it comes to saying anything overly positive about rookies for fear it might lead to an inflated ego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eich View Post
    I was confused by that at first as well. But then read this:
    makes sense...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    This is the whole risk/reward scenario with Rainey. He can explode for a great play and then take one hit and be out of the game. That is why I really think they should carry him as the #6 WR and keep and extra RB.

    He just takes too much punishment running the ball out of the backfield.
    I think the Steelers should try to use him like Miami first used Wes Welker.

    If he's gonna be a RB, he should start watching tapes of Warrick Dunn who was about the same size. Seemed to get 5 yard every carry and hardly ever took a hit.

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    Rainey ‘OK’ after concussion tests

    By Ralph N. Paulk
    Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    Steelers running back Chris Rainey is hit by the Colts' Jerraud Powers during the first quarter Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. Rainey fumbled on the play and had to be helped from the field.

    Chris Rainey repeatedly shook his head in an effort to clear the cobwebs after getting KO’d by Indianapolis cornerback Jerraud Powers in the first quarter of the Steelers’ 26-24 preseason victory Sunday night.

    The rookie running back grudgingly relented to tests after being diagnosed with concussion symptoms by team medical personnel. After struggling to make it to the locker room, the fifth-round pick returned late in the second quarter.

    “I begged and I asked them to let me play,” Rainey said. “I passed all the concussion tests. I’m all good now. I’m back to normal.”

    Rainey, though, appeared as close to normal as Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy at Heinz Field in December. McCoy took a blow to the head from linebacker James Harrison but returned to the lineup after backup Seneca Wallace took only one snap from center.

    Commissioner Roger Goodell publicly criticized the Browns for their handling of McCoy, and McCoy’s father chastised the Browns for exercising poor judgment. The ordeal prompted the NFL to re-evaluate procedures in dealing with concussions.

    In what could be defined as the Colt McCoy Rule, a player who may have been concussed is taken immediately out of games, scrimmages and practices. Coaches and trainers are to keep players out until they are cleared by further testing.

    NFL spokesmen could not be reached Monday to determine if the league is reviewing the Steelers’ handling of Rainey.

    The Steelers, according to coach Mike Tomlin, reinserted Rainey because, in the team physician’s opinions, his symptoms weren’t cause for alarm.

    “I didn’t examine (him),” Tomlin said. “I just go with the doctors. They said he was fine to come back, so we played him.”

    Still, Rainey said he took a heavy enough shot that he was momentarily unconscious.

    “I woke up, and I’m still here,” said Rainey, who rushed six times for 20 yards and returned kickoffs. “I thought he dove at my head, and I thought there was a penalty.”

    Rainey may have been cleared to play, but he was hardly effective. He admitted he struggled to keep his feet under him.

    “The hit was one of those ‘Welcome to the National Football League’ hits,” Rainey said. “I kept slipping on cuts, and I dropped a couple of passes. I didn’t like it. I’m taking all the opportunities I can, and sometimes you’ve got to deal with getting hit.”

    Tomlin emphasized that after the game.

    “Everybody needs to feel the urgency of now in this business,” he said. “Particularly in a training camp-type setting, you work with a lot of young people, and there are a lot of guys who don’t understand that.”

    In an effort to reduce concussions, Goodell sent teams a memo stating a player who suffers a concussion should not return to action on the same day if he shows certain symptoms –- including an inability to remember assignments or plays, a gap in memory, persistent dizziness and persistent headaches.

    Rainey insisted afterward that he was fine and had no problem remembering plays.

    While Rainey continued to play, the Colts sidelined receiver Austin Collie after he was diagnosed with concussion symptoms. The Colts were cautious with Collie, in part, because he missed much of last season with a head injury.

    It was confirmed Monday that Collie did, in fact, sustain a concussion.

    In 2007, NFL rules stated a player should not be allowed to return to the same game if he lost consciousness. Under those guidelines, Rainey would have been benched and forced to have further tests before returning to practice Tuesday as the Steelers prepare to play at Buffalo on Saturday.



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