Allen Park — When the Cowboys signed cornerback Chris Greenwood off the Lions practice squad last month, it was a bittersweet moment for the Detroit native.
Although upsetting to leave Detroit, the move presented Greenwood’s first opportunity to be a part of a 53-man roster in the NFL after being on injured reserve with the Lions during his rookie season in 2012.
However, Greenwood wasn’t active for any of his three games with Dallas, and the Lions re-signed him to their practice squad Thursday after the Cowboys released him earlier this week.
“I was definitely excited,” he said. “I thought it was going to be something more long term, but that’s not how it played out. I’m just grateful to have that opportunity.”
Greenwood, a Martin Luther King High grad who went to Albion, hadn’t spent much time away from Michigan besides some offseason training, and he said it was a little difficult to leave.
The Lions drafted Greenwood in the fifth round in 2012, and although he had other practice squad offers, returning to Detroit made the most sense.
“This is my home,” he said. “This is where I got drafted. I know they wanted me here, and I just felt like this was the best place for me to continue to develop.”
To make room on the roster the Lions released running back Steven Miller, a rookie from Appalachian State.