Cowboys sign Chris Greenwood off Lions practice squad


The Cowboys lost defensive end Anthony Spencer for the season on Tuesday when it was determined he needed season-ending knee surgery, but their first roster move in the wake of that development wasn’t to shore up the defensive line.

Nick Eatman of the team’s website announced Wednesday that the Cowboys have signed cornerback Chris Greenwood off the Lions’ practice squad. Greenwood was a 2012 fifth-round pick in Detroit out of tiny Albion College, but didn’t play a game in his rookie year after having abdominal surgery.

Greenwood passed through waivers unclaimed when the Lions cut him on their way to 53 players and wound up on the team’s practice squad. The Cowboys are obligated to pay Greenwood for three weeks on their active roster even if they decide to move in another direction before that time is up.

Morris Claiborne has been wearing a harness after suffering a dislocated shoulder earlier this season, so it makes sense that they’d look to add some depth at the spot. They also signed defensive tackle Drake Nevis on Tuesday, releasing defensive lineman Jerome Lane to make room for Nevis on the roster.

9 responses to “Cowboys sign Chris Greenwood off Lions practice squad

  1. Selvie has definitely held his own, so I’m not as worried. Let’s hope Ratliff is back sooner rather than later.

    I think Claiborne is more hurt then they are letting on – thus the Greenwood pick up.

  2. I agree Tony10h1no.

    Ive injured my shoulder pretty severely playing baseball in the spring, and when it came time for football it would just pop back out from the slightest bit of contact. He’s going to have to manage that injury for the rest of the year, until he gets surgery or really intensive PT.

  3. If Greenwood was ready for prime time, he’d have been on the lions active roster. This is a guy with all the physical tools, who missed his entire rookie season and three games this preseason with injuries. He’s not even close to starting material yet. Another bonehead move by the ‘Boys.

  4. If you can put him on the roster as depth and develop him, good move . If the intent us to throw him in the fire now, bad move. He has all the physical attributes to be a beast, but he looked pretty bad when he did get reps earlier this year in Detroit. Wish him the best.

  5. The truth is, no one knows what Greenwood is capable of. An athletic freak who moved around to a few different programs before having a great Senior season at D3 Albion. Then he had injuries before finally getting healthy very late in training camp.

    If they’re patient, could be a huge coup for Dallas.

  6. Nice move by the Cowboys, he was still a fresh unseen prospect. The Lions axed him for another journeyman player before finding out what they have. Makes you wonder why they planned to draft this position with that pick in the first place.

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