Green was waived by the Colts on Monday, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports. This is the second time in a week that Green has been waived by the Colts, who seems to have only been considered as a camp body by the team. Green was released to make room or linebacker Brandon Chubb, and the second-year running back will hope to stick elsewhere in the league.
The Colts and Green agreed to a contract Tuesday. Green accumulated 165 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries to go along with two receptions for 14 yards across five games as a rookie for the Lions last season. There are a plethora of running backs already on the Colts' depth chart, but several are nursing injuries, which could give Green an opportunity to impress right away. Still, he figures to have an uphill battle in terms of making the team's final roster.
Green was waived by the Lions on Thursday The drafting of Kerryon Johnson and addition of LeGarrette Blount figured to spell the end for one, if not more, of the Lions' running backs who were in the mix last season. Green is an early casualty on that front, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Cincinnati product scooped up off of waivers by another club.
Green could remain a part of the Lions' backfield mix in 2018, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. An undrafted rookie last season, Green make his NFL debut until December, at which point he took 42 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns over the final five weeks of the season. The Lions likely hope to find an upgrade in the backfield during the offseason, but it isn't out of the question that they devote resources to other positions and simply allow Green, Ameer Abdullah and Dwayne Washington to compete for carries in training camp. The 220-pound Green is more powerful than Abdullah, but Green's lack of pass-catching skills will make it tough to earn anything more than a bit role in the Detroit offense.
Green carried 10 times for 35 yards but wasn't targeted in the passing game during Saturday's 20-10 victory over the Bears. Green didn't play much in the first half, as Theo Riddick (wrist) led the pack with 30 offensive snaps, compared to seven for Green and four for Ameer Abdullah. However, Green started the second half and saw more playing time as the game went on, ultimately finishing with 23 reps, compared to 33 for Riddick and eight for Abdullah. With that said, Riddick exited with an injury in the fourth quarter with plenty of time remaining, so the final playing-time distribution is slightly skewed in Green's favor. Regardless, if Saturday's game was any indication, Green seems to have surpassed Abdullah for the No. 2 slot on the depth chart, which is a role that should command eight-to-10 carries on a weekly basis with potential goal-line responsibilities on the side. In Week 16, Green and the Lions will square off with a Bengals defense that's allowed only 6.6 yards per carry this season, sixth-best in the league.
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|14||12/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
|15||12/17||@New Orleans Saints||3||12.44|
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