Chris Greenwood’s fate was mostly sealed when he was forced to miss all of training camp.
The Detroit Lions have decided to keep the rookie cornerback on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. The move was not a surprise.
Greenwood, a fifth-round draft pick out of Albion, suffered an abdominal injury during organized team activities in May and underwent subsequent surgery.
He missed all of training camp and was placed on the PUP list before the season. The three-week window that allowed the Lions to activate him or shut him down for the season, expires this week.
Coach Jim Schwartz said on Monday, before the decision was announced, that a crucial element involved in the matter was that Greenwood had not been able to participate in training camp at all. Coming from a small school, Greenwood needs to catch up to the speed of the NFL.
This doesn’t mean the Lions have given up on him. He’ll be physically ready to go when workouts start in the spring.
Greenwood, however, has played at Ford Field. It was in the Detroit city championship when he played for Detroit King. He grew up a Lions fan.
When he was drafted at 148th overall, it was as surprised pick. He didn’t make all the pre-draft publications, most likely because he played at Division III Albion.
Greenwood, who is 6-foot-1 and 193 pounds, ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at Michigan’s pro day.
Because he was on the PUP list, Greenwood never counted against the 53-man roster.
(Paula Pasche covers the Lions. Follow her on Twitter @PaulaPasche. Read her Lions Lowdown blog at oplions.blogspot.com.)