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'I'm coming back with a chip on my shoulder,' Ravens running back Bobby Rainey says

Now that rookie running back Bobby Rainey is back on the Ravens' active roster after being promoted from the practice squad, he has no intentions of leaving.

Rainey was naturally upset when he was cut just prior to the season-opener against the Cincinnati Bengals after beating the odds as an undrafted free agent to make the team, joining the practice squad a day later.

"I'm coming back in with a chip on my shoulder," Rainey said. "Once I was up, I felt great about that. Then, I went down and that was a terrible feeling. It's a whole different perspective of how this league is. Even though I heard it when I was coming into the league, it's different when you actually have to experience it. You get a different perspective."

Rainey was signed to the active roster after cornerback Lardarius Webb tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was placed on injured reserve.

Rainey, a diminutive former Western Kentucky standout who will likely operate as a third-down back and a reserve, was being evaluated by other teams as a potential signing due to injuries at running back around the league.

Rainey didn't indicate which teams made inquiries about him.

During the preseason, Rainey rushed for 55 yards on 23 carries with 14 receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Rainey returned four kickoffs for 92 yards.

"A little challenge never hurt me, I love a challenge," Rainey said. "I can play more positions. It just so happens that I always played returner. I'll be all over the place now."

At Western Kentucky, Rainey rushed for over 1,600 yards as a junior and a senior.

He scored 32 touchdowns in his final two seasons and was named Sun Belt
Conference Player of the Year.

Over the past five weeks, Rainey said that coach John Harbaugh offered encouragement to stay the course and keep working hard.

"He was always telling me after that happened to stick it out and continuing what I'm doing, that they didn't want me to leave for anywhere," Rainey said. "I told them I didn't want to go anywhere. But it's hard to go through the process and then come out knowing you have options to go somewhere else. It was a difficult situation."

awilson@baltsun.com

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