Chris Greenwood starts practicing with Lions

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The Lions still don’t have the green light to start working with running back Jahvid Best, but another player on their PUP list will be back at practice this week.

Rookie cornerback Chris Greenwood has been designated to return to practice with Detroit, giving the team three weeks to decide whether to activate him to the 53-man roster. Given the shaky depth in the Lions secondary, it seems like just a matter of time before they decide to get the fifth-round pick into a game.

Greenwood underwent surgery on his abdomen after getting hurt during OTAs in May, which means that his next padded practice will be his first as a professional. He knows that leaves him with lots of catching up to do.

“I’ve been rehabbing and getting back strong, going through drills and everything like that in my rehab to try and get back into that football shape,” Greenwood said, via the team’s website. “But there’s no substitute for actually getting out there and doing it. I’m going to get out there and see how it feels, take it one day at a time.”

Greenwood’s size and athleticism got him drafted out of small Albion College and they are traits the Lions could certainly use at cornerback this season. Whether they get it will be up to Greenwood’s ability to pick things up quickly.