NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —
Now the Tennessee running back is back on the field and couldn't be happier at how much better his right knee feels.
Greene took the first snaps Saturday in team drills at the Titans' initial training camp practice, his first work since having arthroscopic surgery in May on the same knee that cost him five games last season. He said he felt a little rusty.
"This being my first day back I was kind of hesitant with it, but it held up for the most part and felt pretty good," Greene said.
The Titans need the veteran to show why they gave him a three-year contract in March 2013.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said their roles have not been determined yet with training camp giving the Titans a better idea of how they will use the running backs.
The Titans are limiting Greene's work to ease him back onto the field, trying to prevent the running back's knee from flaring up again.
The Titans wanted Greene for his pounding running style to complement Johnson, especially in short-yardage situations. Greene hurt his knee in the season opener and missed the next five games as he recovered from arthroscopic surgery.
Greene had only one game all season with more than 10 carries, and he had 91 yards on 19 attempts at Jacksonville on Dec. 22.
"Toward the end of the season, I kind of felt like I was getting back in the swing of things," Greene said. "I think this time this surgery went a lot better, so my knee's feeling a lot better now."
McCluster had the best practice Saturday, using his speed to repeatedly get by defenders, and Sankey had some nice runs as well. McCluster was a Pro Bowl punt returner in Kansas City last year and is coming off a career-best 53 catches. But he combined for only 20 carries over the past two seasons combined.
Greene said he thinks opportunities for playing time are there for all the running backs with each bringing a different quality to the Titans.
"We can do different things out of the backfield, the harder it'll be on defenses," Greene said.