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Lions cornerback Chris Greenwood stays on PUP list, out for remaining season

11/6/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Rookie cornerback Chris Greenwood will have to wait another season to make his NFL debut. The Detroit Lions officially ended Chris Greenwood’s season by placing him on the reserve physically unable to perform list just a few weeks after he returned from abdominal surgery.
 
The Detroit Lions certainly didn’t feel that Chris Greenwood was ready to contribute to the team after the expiration date ran out on his three-weeks practice window, that had him eligible to rejoin the active roster from Week 7.
 
Chris Greenwood underwent abdominal surgery to treat a sports hernia in May and subsequently missed the entire training camp. The Detroit Lions activated Chris Greenwood for practice six weeks after the surgery but he remained limited. The team had until Tuesday to make a decision on whether Chris Greenwood should be activated to the 53-man roster or kept on the PUP list.
The move comes as no big surprise since Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz already expressed concern on Monday over gap in Chris Greenwood’s understanding of the team’s defensive scheme due to his absence in training camp.
 
"I think missing training camp was probably the biggest thing for him during the season," Jim Schwartz said regarding Chris Greenwood.
 
 Although a promising pick, Chris Greenwood was still quite raw as a cornerback. It’s a great setback for the 6-foot-1 Chris Greenwood, who despite his size showed rare athleticism (running a 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds).
 
"He’s done a good job of preparing and staying involved in the meetings and things like that,” said Jim Schwartz, “but training camp is probably the thing that when it’s all said and done will be the opportunity that he missed the most."
 
Ultimately, the Detroit Lions never had great expectations of Chris Greenwood making great contribution this season after drafting the fifth-round pick out of Division III Albion rather as a developmental player.
 
Now the earliest the Detroit Lions will see Chris Greenwood back on the practice field is in 2013, when he’ll be eligible to return for organized team activities. The 2012 season will remain more like a redshirt year for him. But Chris Greenwood will be able to compete for a role on the special teams in training camp next year or hopefully the Detroit Lions could bring him into rotation at cornerback.
 
Meanwhile, another Detroit Lions rookie cornerback, Bill Bentley will undergo surgery this week after he was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury last week.
 
The Detroit Lions announced that Jonte Green will play behind Chris Houston and Jacob Lacey at eth No.3 cornerback spot. However, veteran cornerback Drayton Florence, who was placed on the short-term injured reserve after fracturing his forearm in Week 2, returned to practice last week and will be eligible to rejoin the active roster next week.
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