Esks Cory Greenwood out for the year with torn ACL

Cory Greenwood’s season is over.

The Canadian linebacker has torn ACL suffered on the first day of training camp and will miss the entire 2017 CFL campaign, the Edmonton Eskimos announced on Thursday.


The loss is a significant one, given that Greenwood was expected to contend for a starting spot and was one the club’s most significant free agent signings.

The 31-year-old played three seasons with Toronto after the Argos selected the six-foot-two, 237-pound tackler in the first round, third overall during the 2010 CFL draft. Greenwood has played in 20 of a possible 36 regular season games over the past two seasons, recording 103 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble.

After winning the Presidents’ Trophy as the best defensive player in Canadian university football in 2009 while playing for Concordia, Greenwood signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs in May 2010. He spent three seasons in K.C. playing all possible games – 48 – during that span, recording 34 tackles and one forced fumble while being a major contributor on special teams.


10 Comments on Esks Cory Greenwood out for the year with torn ACL

  1. mrnehnehincognito // June 1, 2017 at 11:24 am //

    Speedy recovery sir. Hope to see you back 100% in 2018

  2. And now the EE know why Toronto didn’t make him a priority to re-sign even though he’d been a high draft pick. Not that they would have predicted a torn ACL or other season-ending injury – just that he’d only played in about half the games since returning to the CFL because he was often injured. Hamilton let a few of their oft-injured free agents move on this season too. It’s a tough injury but he should be able to return by the beginning of next season. It does leave a hole in the Esks defense for this year though and the loss of a national starter can be harder to overcome.

  3. Look no one can predict theses kinds of things. So the Argos trade for SJ Green. Should the Esks have signed White last year? Or BC Williams? Durant had two serious injuries back to back seasons & was relatively healthy last year. Better example – Bagg had 3 knee operations his 1st 3 years, missed 2 complete seasons & is now in his 11th season. You take your chances. The Esks have been incredibly unlucky though with the same injury to White, Ojo & now Greenwood all in training camp in successive years – gone for the year.

  4. Marc Lebut // June 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm //

    Landing team for Bear Woods?

    • Would make sense, but I’m sure there are few teams that have put in their bid for Bear Woods and his agent is reviewing them right now

  5. I’d be surprised if Woods landed in Edmonton. They have the ability to play 6 Nationals on offence with 3 OL in play & 3 OL receivers (or 2 & a FB). Safety would be the 7th. But with a half dozen National LB’s it would make sense to develop 1 of them. For what it’s worth, Konar & Smith are in their 3rd season & have some experience (Smith spelled off Sherritt occasionally), Lalama was the USports Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, Mulumba rated 6th on the final Draft rankings. They may also try out Colquhoun on the corner. They got rid of Hoffman-Ellis so they really set themselves up to go National there.

    • I think the Eskimos would be making a mistake if they just go with their best Canadian at linebacker. Not very many teams start Canadian linebackers for a reason. The guys deserving of starting are the best linebackers on their team, not just simply the best Canadian. None of the guys the Eskimos have are highly touted or thought to be future starters when they were drafted. At best they were looked at being rotation guys and more likely just special teamers.

  6. Wonder if Greenwood will retire, had concussion issues in Toronto.
    Has already made his cash in the NFL.

  7. You may be right, Childress. Lalji commented upon the situation earlier today & noted that Konar has been practising in Greenwood’s spot & has looked good. Konar was a guy Jones liked but has had injuries. Lalji also noted that Colquhoun has been practising at CB & looked good so they could go with 2 Nationals in the backfield. I think the experiment will go on at LB for awhile & if it turns out – good. As I mentioned previously they’ll go with 3 OL & Safety for sure & at least 2 receivers & a FB for their 7. They have the depth to go with 3 National Receivers & depth at all their designated positions. So, yes they could start an import at LB & still be OK. We’ll see what happens.

  8. Too bad he’s a great LB

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