Shonn Greene Injury: Updates on Titans RB's Recovery from Knee Surgery

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMay 11, 2014

Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene (23) runs past Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch (90) during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After an offseason where it appeared he might have a chance to take the spotlight, Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene recently underwent right knee surgery this offseason.  

Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean reported the news of Greene's surgery:

Titans running back Shonn Greene recently underwent surgery on his right knee, according to sources familiar with the situation, and is expected to be held out the remainder of the team's organized team activities this offseason.

The Titans hold the bulk of their on-field activities in June. Greene is expected to be back for the start of training camp in late July.

This isn't the first time Greene has dealt with an injury to his right knee. He underwent arthroscopic surgery in September of last year and missed five regular-season games.

Even with the injuries, Greene finished the 2013 season with 77 carries for 295 yards and four touchdowns in his first season with the Titans.

Coming into the offseason, Greene had a shot at becoming the lead back for the Titans following the release of Chris Johnson. But with more injury concerns for the 28-year-old back, that shot looks ominous at this point.

In the 2014 NFL draft, the Titans also made a statement for the future of the franchise by picking Bishop Sankey in the second round. Jeff Woods of WBKO-TV points out the current loaded backfield for Tennessee:

Titans general manager Ruston Webster spoke about his intentions for Sankey in the Titans' offense, via Adam Jude of the Seattle Times: 

"What he brings to us is a great deal of versatility, vision, feet, the ability to catch the football," Webster said. "Which is what we were looking for."

That doesn't exactly sound like reassurance for Greene, who had just six receptions for 39 yards last season.

For now, Greene will have to sit on the sidelines for the remainder of offseason activities. With Sankey, McCluster and others contending for the starting spot, Greene's role could be in question for the Titans.

As more information comes through about Greene's injury, updates will be added to this story.


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