The Arizona Cardinals made a few roster moves Thursday and they included two former Pittsburgh Steelers running backs.
Moved to the reserve/non-football illness list was running back Jonathan Dwyer, who was arrested Wednesday in a domestic violence case. Dwyer is now out on bond and the Cardinals now have the option not to pay him. They deactivated Dwyer from all team activities until further notice Wednesday evening following his arrest.
Curiously, the Cardinals also released running back Chris Rainey from their practice squad on Thursday and replaced him with running back Kerwynn Williams.
Dwyer reportedly had put in a good word for Rainey with the Cardinals prior to him being signed last week.
“We did our due diligence,” said Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. “I know everybody in Pittsburgh and everybody in Indianapolis, two teams he’s been (with).”
I’m just guessing, but the fact that Rainey has a checkered past when it comes to being charged with crimes against woman, makes me think that the Cardinals wanted to distant themselves from him real quickly now that details have emerged about Dwyer’s incident.
In other words, Dwyer likely just cost Rainey a paycheck.