Lions keep CB Chris Greenwood on Reserve/PUP list, ending his season

Posted by ttwentyman on November 6, 2012 – 5:45 pm

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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No Bentley or Lacey at practice; Greenwood practices for first time

Posted by ttwentyman on October 17, 2012 – 3:11 pm

The Lions were afforded an extra day of practice today by means of their upcoming Monday night game against the Bears.

Cornerbacks Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Jacob Lacey (concussion) did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media, though. Both were injured in Sunday’s victory in Philadelphia and did not finish the game.

Also sitting out practice Wednesday were: defensive end Cliff Avril, defensive tackle Corey Williams, linebacker DeAndre Levy and receiver Nate Burleson. Avril, Levy and Burleson all finished the game Sunday.

The Lions will not have an injury report today because they play on Monday night, which means we’ll have to wait another day to get word on the extent of some of these injuries.

As expected, rookie cornerback Chris Greenwood was back on the practice field after missing the first six weeks while on the PUP list for an abdominal tear.

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Avril, Vanden Bosch, Leshoure and others ruled out for Lions tonight

Posted by ttwentyman on August 10, 2012 – 2:03 pm

The Lions will be without the services of a few key players when they host the Browns to open the preseason tonight at Ford Field.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has ruled out defensive end Cliff Avril, running back Jahvid Best (Active/PUP), receiver Ryan Broyles, safety Don Carey, safety Louis Delmas, cornerback Chris Greenwood (Active/PUP), running back Mikel Leshoure, defensive tackle Sammie Hill, offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, and defensive end DE Kyle Vanden Bosch for tonight’s game.

“I haven’t practiced with pads on yet so I don’t know if that would be a good idea,” Avril said Thursday’s about playing tonight. “If I’m not ready there’s no point of me going out there and competing.”

With both starting defensive ends out of the lineup, expect reserve defensive ends Lawrence Jackson and Willie Young to get a good amount of playing time tonight.

Lions receiver Titus Young will not play, either, because of the expected birth of his child.

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Lions place Chris Greenwood and Ronnell Lewis on PUP; Broyles on non-football injury list

Posted by ttwentyman on July 24, 2012 – 11:48 am

The Lions have placed cornerback Chris Greenwood and defensive end Ronnell Lewis on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the start of training camp. The team also placed wide receiver Ryan Broyles on the Active/Non-Football Injury list.

Greenwood had surgery in May to repair a torn abdominal muscle. He’s been rehabbing at the Lions’ training facility in Allen Park since the injury and has already began running.

“I’m rehabbing now and running and jogging and hopefully I’ll be back sooner rather than later,” Greenwood told “I’m just doing what the trainers tell me to do.”

The extent of Lewis’ injury is unknown. He participated fully in the team’s June mini-camp, though.

Players can be moved off the PUP list to the active roster at any time, even after one practice. A player who finishes the preseason still on the PUP list can then be placed on the regular season PUP list, which means they must sit out the first six games.

Broyles is eight months removed from ACL surgery in his left knee. He participated in OTAs in a limited fashion this spring. Broyles expects to be ready by the start of the regular season, but it appears the Lions are going to take it slow with their second-round pick.

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Lions CB Chris Greenwood expected to start training camp on PUP list after surgery

Posted by ttwentyman on July 23, 2012 – 1:54 pm

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 “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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Twentyman reports that – according to League source – Broyles, Lewis, Whitehead and Greenwood have agreed to terms

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on May 10, 2012 – 2:24 pm

Tim Twentyman posted on Twitter earlier today that, according to a League source, the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with second-round WR Ryan Broyles, fourth-round DE Ronnell Lewis, fifth-round LB Tahir Whitehead and fifth-round CB Chris Greenwood.

Twentyman reported that all the players have agreed to four-year deals.

Rookies arrived in Allen Park today for the team’s mini-camp to be held Friday through Saturday at the team’s practice and training facility.

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Early look at the jersey numbers for Lions draft picks

Posted by ttwentyman on May 1, 2012 – 12:44 pm

Can’t wait to go out and buy that new Nike Riley Reiff jersey? How about representing “The Hammer” Ronnell Lewis at Ford Field next year?

Well, here’s an early look the jersey numbers for all eight of the Lions’ draft picks.

Riley Reiff #71

Ryan Broyles #84

Bill Bentley #28

Ronnell Lewis #97

Tahir Whitehead #59

Chris Greenwood #33

Jonte Green #36

Travis Lewis #50

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Lions select New Mexico State CB Jonte Green in sixth round

Posted by ttwentyman on April 28, 2012 – 5:08 pm

The Lions have added a third cornerback to their defense this draft with the selection of New Mexico State corner Jonte Green in the sixth round (196 overall) of the NFL Draft.

The Lions picked Bill Bentley (Louisiana Lafayette) in the third round and Chris Greenwood (Albion) in the fifth round.

Green (6-0, 186) is a physical corner, who recorded 64 tackles and defended 14 passes (one interception) in 12 games last season for New Mexico State.

The Lions brought him in as one of their 30 pre-draft visits and were hoping they could get him in the middle to later rounds of the draft.

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Lions trade up again; this time to take CB Chris Greenwood of Albion

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 28, 2012 – 4:20 pm

The Detroit Lions traded up again, this time to take CB Chris Greenwood out of Albion College.

Greenwood attracted attention at the East-West Shrine game; General Manager Martin Mayhew says the 6-1, 193-pound cornerback’s measurables were “off the charts”.

“(He) is more of a developmental prospect but also a very good special teams guy who’s built that way and plays the game that way from what we’ve seen,” said Mayhew.

Head Coach Jim Schwartz also said it was Greenwood’s physical attributes that drew his attention immediately.

“When I first saw him, down at the East-West game, and you see right away that he has physical attributes, he can run quick, he’s got great length,” he said.

“That was a big step up in competition for him but we stayed with him through the process. He worked out at – I can’t remember if it was Michigan or Michigan State’s – I think it was Michigan’s pro day. He obviously didn’t look out of place there either. He looked good at the East-West game, he looked good at the pro day we brought him here. We looked at a lot of college film on him. We’ve got a good feel for him and think he is a good developmental corner.”

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