BREAKING: Lions lose CB Chris Greenwood to Cowboys

Posted Sep 25, 2013

The Dallas Cowboys signed former fifth-round draft pick Chris Greenwood off the Lions practice squad

When the Lions cut former fifth-round draft pick Chris Greenwood before the season and then re-signed him to the practice squad, there was always the concern another team could sign him away.

Chris GreenwoodCB Chris Greenwood (Photo: AP Images)

That became reality, Wednesday, when the Dallas Cowboys signed the second-year cornerback off the Lions practice squad to their active roster.

Greenwood flew to Dallas last night and passed a physical this morning, according to his agent Christopher Cabott.

"He had a very heavy heart about it," Cabott told "He's from Detroit and really wanted to be a Detroit Lion for life."

The Cowboys lost defensive end Anthony Spencer for the season with a knee injury and it's believed Greenwood will take his spot on the roster.

NFL rules stipulate that Greenwood has to be on the 53-man active roster for at least the next three weeks.

It's really a great opportunity for the one-time Detroit Martin Luther King High School product.

Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne has been wearing a harness after suffering a dislocated shoulder earlier this season, so adding depth was key for the Cowboys.

Greenwood's career in Detroit never got on track because of injuries.

After the team took Greenwood in the fifth round in 2012, he suffered an abdominal injury in organized team activities (OTAs) in the spring that ultimately required surgery and cost him his rookie season.

He missed two weeks in training camp this year with a hamstring injury.

Lions coaches loved Greenwood's size (6-1, 193) and speed (4.3) and were hoping to develop him once all the injury stuff was behind him.

Unfortunately, they won't get that chance unless he becomes available again.