Browns claim former Ravens running back Bobby Rainey

The Browns claimed former Ravens running back Bobby Rainey on Sunday. - Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

It was inevitable that Baltimore wouldn't be able to keep Rainey on this year's practice squad.

Before the Ravens began practice at the team facility on Sunday, Bobby Rainey's nameplate above his locker was still present.

If anything, the Ravens were likely hoping they'd be able to keep it there, with Rainey joining the practice squad.

Baltimore was unable to do that as the Cleveland Browns put in a waiver claim for the diminutive back that scored two touchdowns in the preseason finale against St. Louis.

Rainey was a popular player for Ravens fans, perhaps due to his Ray Rice-like stature and ability to return kicks and punts. He had two strong preseasons in a row but was unable to latch on to the 53-man roster either time. A year ago, he made the team for a week before being demoted to the practice squad.

After the final preseason game, it seemed Rainey might get a shot with the Ravens this time around. It wouldn't happen, with the Ravens electing to just go with Rice and Bernard Pierce as the organization's tailbacks.

Rainey had too good of a preseason for him not to wind up on a 53-man roster. And thus, his nameplate over his old locker at the Ravens' facility will need to be taken down.

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