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Ameer Abdullah | Running Back | #21

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/13/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 203
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 2 (54) / DET
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Ameer Abdullah rushed one time for eight yards and caught 3-of-4 targets for 13 yards in Saturday’s Week 15 win over the Bears.
After missing the previous two games with a neck injury, Abdullah played behind both Theo Riddick and Tion Green. Riddick suffered a wrist injury that may impact his availability in Week 16, but Abdullah would be in a timeshare with Green at best if Riddick were to miss time. He hasn’t hit 60-yards from scrimmage in a game since Week 4. Abdullah will only be a desperation option next week against the Bengals regardless of Riddick's status. Dec 16 - 7:47 PM

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Ameer Abdullah (neck) is active for Saturday’s Week 15 game versus the Bears.

Abdullah has missed the previous two games with a neck injury. Abdullah is only an RB3 option for fantasy owners in the hopes that he scores a touchdown as he has failed to reach 60 yards from scrimmage in a game since Week 4. His return relegates Theo Riddick to RB3 status as well after Riddick had 14 and 16 touches over the past two weeks with Abdullah inactive, his two highest totals of the season. RT Rick Wagner, C Travis Swanson, RB Dwayne Washington, RB Zach Zenner, WR Bradley Marquez, G Emmett Cleary and DT Rodney Coe are inactive for Detroit Saturday.
Dec 16 - 3:04 PM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) wasn't listed on the final injury report for Week 15 against the Bears.

Neither was Matthew Stafford (hand). Abdullah will return for Saturday's 4:30 ET start, but it's anyone's guess how the Lions plan on using him. We're guessing he'll work behind Theo Riddick, who led Detroit with 93 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in last week's win over Tampa Bay.
Dec 14 - 3:07 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell said he expects Ameer Abdullah (neck) to return Week 15 against the Bears.

"I do, as long as things keep trending in the right direction," Caldwell said. The Lions and Bears kick off the early Saturday game at 4:30 ET. Abdullah's return will make none of the Lions' running backs attractive fantasy plays.
Dec 13 - 10:56 AM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) is practicing in full for Week 15.

The Lions were cagey on Abdullah's health after he was scratched for Sunday's win over the Bucs, but it sounds like he could have played. The Lions are over Abdullah's poor 2017 performance. His best-case scenario for Week 15 is being part of a committee with Theo Riddick, Tion Green and perhaps Zach Zenner. The Lions are playing the Bears on Saturday.
Dec 12 - 4:26 PM

Speaking Sunday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell declined to call Ameer Abdullah his starting running back.

Evidently cleared from his neck injury, Abdullah was inactive for Sunday's win over the Bucs. Caldwell was fuzzy on Abdullah's status going forward. It's a deserved benching, though Abdullah is certainly one of the Lions' 46 best players. He should return to a rotation with Theo Riddick, Tion Green and perhaps Zach Zenner. Abdullah's re-draft value is shot.
Dec 11 - 3:29 PM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) is inactive for Week 14 against the Bucs.

Abdullah got in a week of limited practices with his neck issue.'s Ian Rapoport reported earlier Sunday his absence is "more for play than injury reasons." We certainly agree with the Lions on that front. Abdullah has not been an effective player this season. UDFA Tion Green will take the lead on early downs, with Theo Riddick perhaps mixing in a little more than usual. Also inactive for the Lions are RT Rick Wagner, RB Dwayne Washington, CB Jamal Agnew, OG Emmett Cleary, LB Nick Bellore and WR Bradley Marquez.
Dec 10 - 11:31 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ameer Abdullah (questionable, neck) is not expected to play Week 14 against the Buccaneers.

Per Rapoport, his absence is "more for play than injury reasons." In other words, Abdullah is going to be a healthy scratch. It's surprising to see the Lions go away from their No. 1 back this late in the year, though Abdullah certainly hasn't impressed this season. He ranks near the bottom of the league in yards per carry and has been a non-factor in fantasy aside from the occasional goal-line touchdown. Tion Green, who led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well.
Dec 10 - 8:06 AM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) is questionable for Week 14 against the Buccaneers.

Abdullah seems likely to play after getting in a limited week of practice. The Lions' lead back has topped 15 carries just once in his last seven games and remains an unexciting RB2/3 for fantasy purposes.
Dec 8 - 3:17 PM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

He's tentatively on track to return, but we wouldn't consider it for certain since he's dealing with a neck injury. Even if Abdullah does suit up against the Bucs, it's possible UDFA Tion Green gets a few snaps after showing well in Week 13.
Dec 7 - 4:03 PM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Abdullah only got in one limited practice last week. He looks on track to return Sunday, but needs to avoid setbacks. Abdullah will be on the RB2/FLEX radar if he's cleared.
Dec 6 - 4:51 PM

Lions have declared RB Ameer Abdullah (neck) inactive for Sunday’s Week 13 game versus the Ravens. C Travis Swanson, CB Jamal Agnew, RB Dwayne Washington, WR Bradley Marquez, G Emmett Cleary, and S Rolan Milligan have also been declared inactive for Sunday’s game.

With Abdullah inactive, Theo Riddick will draw the start at running for the Lions with Zach Zenner as his backup and likely goal line vulture, should the opportunity present itself. The opportunity will propel Riddick into the RB2 mix as a floor option with not much upside. In eight games played with Abdullah inactive a year ago, Riddick averaged 14.8 touches for 69.4 yards from scrimmage. Most of his appeal is still in PPR formats, however, as he’s cleared 50-yards rushing just twice in his career with just two career rushing touchdowns.
Dec 3 - 11:34 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ameer Abdullah (questionable, neck) is not expected to play Week 13 against the Ravens.

Abdullah returned to a limited practice on Friday but apparently it wasn't enough to get the green light. Theo Riddick will lead the backfield, according to Rapoport, though Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner should also see work. This is a situation to avoid for the final week of the fantasy regular season.
Dec 3 - 8:04 AM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) is questionable for Week 13 against Baltimore.

Abdullah has a chance to play after returning to a limited practice Friday. His status could come down to a game-time decision. Struggling the last two weeks and at less than 100 percent, Abdulah is a Week 13 fade.
Dec 1 - 3:04 PM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) returned to practice on Friday.

Abdullah now looks likely to play Sunday at Baltimore. He's been held under 30 yards rushing in two of his last three games and won't be more than an RB3 in a tough matchup.
Dec 1 - 11:40 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Jake Rudock
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Dwayne Washington
5Tion Green
GLB1Ameer Abdullah
2Zach Zenner
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
WR11Golden Tate
2Kenny Golladay
WR21Marvin Jones
2T.J. Jones
3Bradley Marquez
WR31Kenny Golladay
TE1Eric Ebron
2Darren Fells
3Michael Roberts
LT1Brian Mihalik
2Taylor Decker
LG1Graham Glasgow
C1Travis Swanson
RG1T.J. Lang
2Don Barclay
RT1Rick Wagner
2Emmett Cleary
K1Matt Prater