The Lions have decided to keep rookie cornerback Chris Greenwood on the Reserve/PUP list, ending any chance that he might play this season. Greenwood’s 21-day PUP practice window expired today.
Greenwood underwent abdominal surgery in May and missed all of training camp and the first six weeks of the season. He returned to the practice field following the Lions’ Week 6 victory over the Eagles, but three weeks of practice couldn’t make up for all the lost practice time.
“We’ll sort of try to make the best decision for the team with that and the best decision with him,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Monday when asked about Greenwood.
The Lions drafted Greenwood in the fifth round out of Albion with a rare combination of size (6-1) and speed (he ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash). Missing training camp ultimately proved too much for the small-school prospect to overcome in a three-week practice window.
“He’s a small school guy,” Schwartz said of Greenwood. “I think missing training camp was probably the biggest thing for him. During the season, he’s done a good job of preparing and staying involved in the meetings.
“Training camp is probably the thing that when it’s all said and done will be the opportunity that he missed the most.”
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