The most frustrating part of this offseason for rookie cornerback Chris Greenwood is that he hasn’t been able to show Lions coaches what he can do because of injury. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to show them at the beginning of training camp either.
Greenwood tore a lower abdomen muscle during an OTA practice in May that required surgery and he’s expected to begin training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
“It’s definitely been frustrating just because I haven’t been able to show what I can do,” Greenwood told detroitlions.com. “I haven’t had the opportunity outside of a couple days that I practiced. It’s something people go through sometimes and I’m just trying to bounce back.”
The news comes on the heels of the Lions releasing cornerback Aaron Berry after his second arrest over the weekend. Greenwood’s absence — at least initially — further depletes the Lions’ secondary.
The Lions selected Greenwood in the fifth round of April’s NFL Draft out of Albion College. Greenwood (6-1, 190) has a rare combination of size and speed that has the Lions excited about his future.
“He’s got height, he’s got speed; his athleticism was something that really attracted us,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said of Greenwood after the Lions took him 148th overall in the draft. “A lot of guys are big and fast. This guy’s movement and his skill level, his feet, quickness, all that stuff, this guy is a really, really good athlete.”
Greenwood said he suffered the injury when he broke on a ball during a drill in practice and felt a sudden sharp pain around his lower midsection.
The injury has been particularly frustrating for Greenwood because the depth chart at cornerback is far from set for the Lions. Chris Houston will enter training camp as the starter, but the competition for the other starting spot and those of the backup roles are an open competition.
“It’s definitely something I want to compete for or I wouldn’t be here,” Greenwood said of wanting to start.
He is already back running and rehabbing, but says he doesn’t know when he’ll be back on the practice field.
“I rehabbing now and running and jogging and hopefully I’ll be back sooner rather than later,” he said. “I’m just doing what the trainers tell me to do.”
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