Shonn Greene’s struggle to get back on the field has a lot to do with the inability of the Tennessee Titans offense to stay on the field.
Greene, a free agent addition, has missed the last four games with a knee injury and – not surprisingly – the Titans have had issues in short-yardage situations.
For the season they have converted five times in 12 tries (41.7 percent) on third-and-1 and are 9-for-22 (40.9 percent) in third-and-3 or fewer. Greene led with the NFL last season when he was 10-for-10 on third-and-1.
“I knew that would hurt,” coach Mike Munchak said Monday. “He’s a guy that we wanted for that reason. I think you saw in the preseason how we thought we’d use him, how well he ran. I think that was what the excitement was—seeing what he was doing, seeing how [he] and [Chris Johnson] were complementing each other.
“When we lost him in the opener after [four] carries, that hurt, no doubt about it, because of what we thought we were going to be able to do. When you lose a back like him, it’s different.”
Greene was one of nine players listed on the Titans’ injury report as having not participated in Wednesday’s workout, which makes it seem unlikely he’ll be back in action this week at Seattle (3:05 p.m., CBS).
The official Titans injury report:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Quarterback Jake Locker (hip/knee); running back Shonn Greene (knee); defensive tackle Sammie Hill (ankle); tackle David Stewart (calf); defensive end Derrick Morgan (shoulder); cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (concussion); cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring); linebacker Patrick Bailey (hamstring) and linebacker Zaviar Gooden (hamstring).
Safety Michael Griffin (foot) and running back Jackie Battle (neck).