Chris Greenwood ready to return to practice for Lions this week

Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Lions cornerback Chris Greenwood, who has spent most of his rookie year on the PUP list, is set to return to practice this week.

Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Greenwood had a lot of promise when he was drafted this year despite coming out of Albion College, a Division III school in Michigan. Greenwood's athleticism caught the eye of a lot of teams, and he figured to at the very least be in the mix at cornerback with the Lions' defense this year.

Unfortunately for both Greenwood and the Lions, he had surgery to repair a sports hernia during the offseason and missed all of training camp and the preseason. He was placed on the PUP list at the start of camp and remained on it as the regular season began. Now he is finally eligible to be activated, and the Lions have designated him to return to practice this week, according to Dave Birkett.

Just because Greenwood is set to return to practice doesn't mean he will be activated to the 53-man roster. The Lions have three weeks to make a decision about Greenwood's status for the rest of the 2012 season. They can either decide to activate him to the 53-man roster or keep him on the PUP list, which would keep him off the field.

The nice thing about the three-week window is that the Lions can get him practice time and see where he's at before time runs out on a decision. If the Lions like what they see enough to activate him, he could end up providing good depth on special teams and be there in case of injury at cornerback. If the Lions don't think he's ready, then chances are he will remain on the PUP list.

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