After starting off the season strong with 101 yards rushing on 18 carries this year, Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah has been placed on injured reserve after he sustained a foot injury in Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell confirmed Wednesday that Abdullah has had surgery on his foot adding “he’s proven to be a quick healer”.
This news is unfortunate, considering Abdullah is expected to miss at least eight weeks. When asked if Abdullah will return this season, Caldwell said, “We’ll see.”
However, the good news is that they have a number of backs who can help to fill the void of Abdullah.
Theo Riddick is one of the best backfield receivers in the NFL. Then they have rookie Dwayne Washington has shown slick moves in the open field, not to mention he has good speed. Zach Zenner was inactive the last two weeks, but he ran hard and showed good vision in limited work last year, so he can also help.
If that’s not enough, according to ESPN, running back Joique Bell.
Bell was released by the Lions this spring when he declined to take a paycut to the veteran minimum salary. Bell played parts of the last five seasons with the Lions and ran for 311 yards in 13 games last year.