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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
Contract: view contract details

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Lions GM Bob Quinn said Ameer Abdullah was not a lead back last year, but "he's a guy that we like."
"He’s a smart guy. He’s a versatile guy. He can catch it out of the backfield. He can run the ball," Quinn added. "So he has to have a good offseason, come back and prove himself to a new coaching staff." It does not sound like the Lions will completely bail on the 2015 second-rounder, but Quinn has already said he plans to add talent to the running back room. Abdullah should be a rotational option at best in the final year of his rookie deal. Mar 1 - 11:26 AM
Source: ESPN

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Lions GM Bob Quinn expects to add a running back this offseason.

"I think our running backs, they didn’t perform as good as everyone thought," Quinn said. "Will we add someone? Probably, to that room. Absolutely." Quinn did add there will be turnover at every position, but it seems clear the Lions need a talent infusion at running back, especially with Ameer Abdullah's future in Detroit murky at best heading into the final year of his contract. The Lions have not had a 100-yard rusher since 2013.
Jan 2 - 10:11 AM

Ameer Abdullah rushed eight times for 18 yards and one touchdown in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Packers.

He added one catch for 11 yards on two targets. Abdullah started the first 11 games of the season but suffered a neck injury Week 12 and was then mothballed for the most part the rest of the way. Tion Green and Theo Riddick was the backfield duo the final five weeks, and Abdullah only got more run when Riddick was nicked up. After seeing double-digit carries every game Weeks 1-11, Abdullah totaled 21 over his final four games. He finishes the year with 165 carries for 552 yards (3.3 YPC) and four touchdowns, adding 25-162-1 as a receiver. Abdullah now heads into the final year of his rookie deal having battled injuries and ineffectiveness through three seasons. The Lions will likely prioritize a running back this offseason.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:35:00 PM

Ameer Abdullah rushed six times for 21 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for 5 yards in the Lions' Week 16 loss to the Bengals.

Abdullah was second in the running back rotation behind RB Theo Riddick. Abdullah has been a non-factor all season and it remained that way in this one. He shouldn't be trusted in fantasy lineups for the Lions' Week 17 game against the Packers.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 04:51:00 PM

Ameer Abdullah said his lack of playing time last week was "frustrating."

Even with Theo Riddick leaving early because of a wrist injury, Abdullah played just eight snaps and was clearly behind Tion Green in the pecking order. Coach Jim Caldwell refuses to say Abdullah has been benched, but that is certainly what it looks like. Even with Riddick questionable to face the Bengals, Abdullah cannot be trusted in fantasy lineups this week.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 10:47:00 AM

Ameer Abdullah played 8-of-63 (13 percent) snaps Week 15 against the Bears.

Theo Riddick led the backfield with 33 snaps despite leaving early with a wrist injury, and Tion Green (23 snaps) took over from there. The Lions will not say it, but it is clear Abdullah has been benched, and it looks like Green will be the back to own if Riddick's injury ends up being serious. Abdullah can be sent to the wire in redraft leagues.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 09:47:00 AM

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.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 07:47:00 PM

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.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 03:04:00 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.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 03:07:00 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.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 10:56:00 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.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 04:26:00 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.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 03:29:00 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.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 11:31:00 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.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 08:06:00 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.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 03:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Jake Rudock
3Alek Torgersen
RB1Theo Riddick
2LeGarrette Blount
3Ameer Abdullah
4Tion Green
5Dwayne Washington
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Tion Green
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
WR11Marvin Jones
2Kenny Golladay
3Andy Jones
4Dontez Ford
WR21Golden Tate
2T.J. Jones
3Jace Billingsley
4Bradley Marquez
WR31Kenny Golladay
TE1Michael Roberts
2Hakeem Valles
3Brandon Barnes
LT1Taylor Decker
2Brian Mihalik
LG1Kenny Wiggins
2Joe Dahl
C1Graham Glasgow
2Leo Koloamatangi
RG1T.J. Lang
2Emmett Cleary
RT1Rick Wagner
2Corey Robinson
3Dan Skipper
K1Matt Prater