Shonn Greene Injury: Updates on Titans RB's Knee
The Tennessee Titans brought in running back Shonn Greene this offseason to be a change-of-pace back and complement Chris Johnson, but that experiment ended quickly during Week 1.
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reported Greene suffered a minor right knee injury:
Greene return is Q with right knee— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 8, 2013
The knee injury has prevented Greene from play since the opener and he was ruled out of Week 6. He is active for Week 7.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 17
From Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean and the Titans official Twitter account:
RB Shonn Greene continues to make progress. Munchak optimistic he'll play 15-20 snaps on Sunday #Titans— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 17, 2013
Mike Munchak says Locker has been cleared for contact but team still being cautious; also says he's optimistic about Shonn Greene this week.— Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) October 17, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 10
Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports Shonn Greene (knee) is likely to miss Week 6:
Running back Shonn Greene looks to be at least another week away from being able to return for the Tennessee Titans.
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 7
From Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com:
Munchak hopeful Shonn Greene and Sammie Hill can get on field this week.— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) October 7, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 4
From Terry McCormick of TitansInsider:
Sammie Hill, Shonn Greene, Jake Locker out. Ropati Pitoitua and David Stewart questionable. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Patrick Bailey questionable— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) October 4, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 27
From TitanInsider.com's Terry McCormick:
Sammie Hill and Shonn Greene both out for Sunday. Kenny Britt limited practice and questionable— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) September 27, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 18
ESPN's Paul Kuharsky passed along a synopsis of Titans head coach Mike Munchak discussing Shonn Greene's surgery and reports an updated timetable for the running back's return to the field:
Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday night on his weekly radio show. Munchak said Greene had the procedure on Monday.
Munchak says Greene will be on a week-to-week basis. A source told ESPN that Greene will likely miss the next two games.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 12
From The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt:
Munchak said Shonn Greene is improving but not sure if he'll practice Friday and Q for Sunday— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 12, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 8
From Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com:
Shonn Greene knee injury not serious says Munchak.— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) September 8, 2013
Greene had four carries for 18 yards before getting injured, and Johnson was struggling to run the ball effectively in his own right, so the potential loss of Greene could be significant.
If nothing else, Greene figures to be solid in short-yardage and goal-line situations this season. He is a far sturdier back than Johnson, so keeping Johnson fresh in those situations should allow him to thrive as the season continues.
Greene was a big part of the New York Jets' power running game, and with new guards Andy Levitre and Chance Warmack now in the fold for the Titans, he could be a valuable piece of the puzzle for Tennessee as well.
It's possible that Greene put together the quietest consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in NFL history over the past two years as he barely eclipsed the mark twice for the Jets. Greene also scored a total of 14 touchdowns in 2011 and 2012 combined, so he has a nose for the end zone.
The Titans have been a run-first team for the past several years, and that is likely to be the case once again this season. Quarterback Jake Locker still hasn't come into his own at the NFL level, so he is in desperate need of support on the ground.
If Greene is unable to go for the rest of Sunday's game or perhaps even longer than that, Tennessee's running game could very well suffer.
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