Greenway will announce his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.
Greenway, a first-round pick out of Iowa in 2006, spent his entire career in Minnesota, where he was named the team's Defensive MVP in 2010, 2012, and 2013. Along with earning two Pro Bowl selections as well, Greenway finishes fourth in Vikings history with 1,334 career tackles. In fact, the 34-year-old registered at least 93 stops in his first eight seasons played, which only came after tearing his ACL in his first preseason game as a rookie. Following that lost year, Greenway went on to miss merely four games over his subsequent 10 seasons, showing great consistency over the course of his career.
Greenway traveled to Detroit and is active for Thursday's game against the Lions despite the impending birth of his child, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Greenway said he could miss Thursday's game at Detroit if his wife gave birth to the couple's fourth child before the game. He'll start but may not get significant playing time as he's likely to come off the field in passing situations with Eric Kendricks healthy.
Greenway could miss Thursday's game at Detroit if his wife gives birth to the couple's fourth child before the game, the Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The Vikings leave Wednesday for their game at Detroit, but it's possible Greenway could be a last-second scratch if he needs to return home.
Greenway had seven total tackles and a tackle for a loss in Sunday's loss at Washington.
With Eric Kendricks leaving the game early with an injury, Greenway saw an expanded role as he played 58 snaps on defense. He could continue to stay on the field in passing situations if Kendricks remains out.
Greenway had six total tackles and an interception in Sunday's loss to Detroit.
Greenway played 50 of 66 snaps on defense with Eric Kendricks out with a concussion. Greenway stayed on the field in passing situations as he usually heads to the bench with Kendricks staying in the game.
Greenway is expected to have a larger role on defense with Eric Kendricks out with a concussion, as he'll stay on the field in nickel situations, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
While Greenway is a starting linebacker, he's only been playing about 30 percent of the snaps on defense as he typically comes off the field in passing situations for another defensive back. In this game, Audie Cole is likely to start at middle linebacker in place of Kendricks, but Cole is likely to be the one to come off the field in passing situations.
Greenway played a career-low two snaps on defense in Monday's win over the Giants, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Greenway isn't on the field in passing situations, and the Vikings are working to manage the playing time of the 33-year-old. He won't be a factor for IDP leagues unless he's pushed into a larger role due to injuries.
Greenway did not have a tackle and played just 29 of 67 snaps on defense in Sunday's win at Tennessee, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Similar to the beginning of last season, Greenway will come off the field in passing situations and the Vikings will also work to manage the playing time of the 33-year old.
The Vikings and Greenway agreed to a one-year contract Thursday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Greenway thus confirmed his offseason intentions to play one more season and complete his career with one organization. While his usage tumbled to 59 percent of the defensive snaps in 2015, he fared well in his move to weak-side linebacker, yielding 68 tackles (55 solo), 2.5 sacks, and one pick-six for IDP pursuits.
Greenway will play one final season with the Vikings.
On Thursday, Greenway told Phil Savage on SiriusXM NFL Radio, "I have one more year of football in me. A goal of mine was to play in one place for my whole career. I want to finish here." Last season, Greenway recorded 86 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Greenway had seven tackles, including one tackle for loss, in Sunday's win over Green Bay.
The veteran linebacker was able to hold up through the season after injuries shortened his 2014 campaign. While he didn't register the gaudy tackle numbers he has in the past, Greenway was still a relatively effective cog in the Vikings' defensive scheme. Still, Greenway will be a 33-year-old unrestricted free agent this spring and with the Vikings continuing to get younger on that side of the ball, he could very well need to take another bargain-level contract to remain with the club.
Greenway had eight total tackles and played every snap on defense in Thursday's loss to Arizona, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Greenway usually comes off the field in passing situations, but he stayed in the entire game with Anthony Barr hurt. Greenway could continue to see a spike in tackle totals if Barr remains out.
Greenway had one tackle and played just 22 snaps on defense in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.
With Eric Kendricks back after a two-game absence due to a rib injury, Greenway returned a smaller role where he leaves the field in passing situations. Greenway had moved to middle linebacker and and played a full game with Kendricks hurt. He was back at weak-side linebacker Sunday.
Greenway had eight total tackles and played 63 snaps in Sunday's win at Oakland.
Greenway continues to get extra snaps with Eric Kendricks (ribs) hurt as he's staying in on passing downs where he sat before. Greenway could continue to sit in nickel packages and passing situations when Kendricks returns.
Greenway had ten total tackles and a tackle for a loss in Sunday's win over St. Louis.
Greenway got more playing time with middle linebackers Eric Kendricks and Audie Cole hurt. Greenway had been coming off the field in nickel packages and passing situations, but he could stay on the field in those situations if Kendricks doesn't return next week.
Greenway had three total tackles and a sack in Sunday's win over Detroit.
He played 27 of 54 snaps on defense as he continues to sit in passing situations. His limited snap count hurts his IDP value as a result.
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway had one tackle, but he intercepted a pass and returned it 91 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's win over San Diego.
Greenway had a big play with the interception return, but he played just 20 snaps on defense. He continues to be on the sidelines when opposing offenses are in passing situations, which will limit his Fantasy value.
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway had two total tackles and played just 16 snaps in Sunday's win over Detroit.
With Detroit playing from behind and using three-receiver sets frequently, Greenway, 32, was on the bench during nickel and dime packages. This may become a frequent theme as the Vikings look to reduce his snap count to keep him fresh this season.
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway had two total tackles and half a sack in Monday's loss at San Francisco.
He started at strong-side linebacker and played 63 of 73 snaps on defense. Greenway started to break down last season at age 32, missing four games due to hand and rib fractures and a knee injury. However, he's healthy now and looks set for another productive season as a starting linebacker.
The future is a great unknown to Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway. He is even unsure if this season will be his last in the NFL.
But the present feels pretty good despite losing games last year to broken ribs and a strained knee ligament, thereby losing his consecutive-game streak that had reached 115.
"Playing with four broken bones ... sort of humbles you a little bit, you realize," Greenway told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I don't care how old you are, that's going to be painful. You have to get over stuff like that and recover. And I came back and did some good things."
Good things like 93 tackles in 12 games. That did end a four-year run of 100-plus tackles, but the 32-year-old Greenway isn't concerned with such numbers now.
"I feel great," he said.