WKU’s Rainey called up to Ravens’ active roster


Senior running back Bobby Rainey charges through the defensive line Nov. 16, 2011, in a game against Troy at Smith Stadium. His performance in that game made him the all-time leading rusher for WKU and gave him the record for the most rushing yards in one season. Rainey was signed as an undrafted free agent on Saturday by the Baltimore Ravens.

Lucas Aulbach

Record-setting former WKU running back Bobby Rainey has been promoted to a spot on the Baltimore Ravens’ 53-man active roster.

Rainey, WKU’s all-time leading rusher, was signed by the Ravens over the summer and competed to make the team. He was cut on the day of Baltimore’s first regular-season game and has played with the team’s practice squad since.

The Ravens had two spots on their roster open earlier this week when it was announced cornerback Lardarius Webb and linebacker Ray Lewis would miss the remainder of the NFL season due to separate injuries.

The news could be considered a present for Rainey, who celebrated his 25th birthday on Tuesday.

He will get his first shot at an NFL regular-season game this Sunday against the Houston Texans.