Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Greenwood is officially out for the 2012 season. Greenwood returned to practice a few weeks ago, but the Lions decided on Tuesday to keep him on the PUP list. They had until Tuesday to make a decision, and Greenwood either could have been activated to the 53-man roster or kept on the PUP list. The Lions opted for the latter, meaning the earliest we will see Greenwood play in a game is 2013.
Clearly, the Lions didn't feel that Greenwood was ready to join the active roster. He missed all of training camp while recovering from abdominal surgery, so his time on the practice field was limited to the last few weeks. As a result, Greenwood probably wouldn't have been able to contribute a whole lot right now, so the Lions decided against having him join the active roster.
This isn't a big surprise considering what Jim Schwartz said on Monday about Greenwood. From the Free Press:
"I think missing training camp was probably the biggest thing for him during the season," Schwartz said of Greenwood. "He’s done a good job of preparing and staying involved in the meetings and things like that, but training camp is probably the thing that when it’s all said and done will be the opportunity that he missed the most."
Greenwood was a promising pick, but it was quite clear he was very raw as a cornerback. 2012 will ultimately be like a redshirt year for him, so hopefully in 2013 the Lions will be able to add Greenwood to their rotation at cornerback.