Detroit Lions
  • 5'9"
  • 203
  • 24
  • 3 years
  • Nebraska
  • 2015 R2 O, None

Historical Stats

Year Team Gms Plays Car Rush Yards YPC Rush TDs Fum Targets Catch Catch Yards Catch TDs Total Yards Total TDs 50+ Yd TDs 100+ Yard Gms 1+ TD Gms
2015 DET 16 181 143 597 4.2 2 2 38 25 183 1 780 3 0 0 3
2016 DET 2 23 18 101 5.6 0 0 5 5 57 1 158 1 0 1 1
  Avg 9 119 98 389 4.4 2 1 21 15 110 1 499 2 0 1 2

Season To Date Statistics

Year Team Gms Plays Car Rush Yards YPC Rush TDs Fum Targets Catch Catch Yards Catch TDs Total Yards Total TDs 50+ Yd TDs 100+ Yard Gms 1+ TD Gms
2017 DET 9 153 133 469 3.5 3 1 20 15 91 0 560 3 0 1 3

Recent Player News

  • Posted: 11/10/2017 9:27pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said everyone is to blame for the offense's struggles running the ball near the goal line, and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said it's 'tiny details' that are stopping Detroit from scoring touchdowns in those situations.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah has been leading a lackluster Detroit running game all year, but after a couple of fumbles last week, it wouldn't be a shock to see him lose a few touches. He is a flex candidate against the Cleveland Browns in Week 10.

  • Posted: 11/6/2017 9:19pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah registered a season-high 21 rush attempts for 48 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 9 victory Monday, Nov. 6, against the Green Bay Packers. In addition, he had one reception for nine yards, but Abdullah also fumbled the ball twice in the game, with the Packers recovering one of them.

    Huddle Up: There was some good and bad to this performance from the 24-year-old. The good, of course, is that he found the end zone for the second time this season, while also reaching 20 carries in a game for the second time as well. The bad, though, might outweigh that, as both of Abdullah's fumbles occurred deep in Green Bay territory, and following the second one at the one-yard line (which Detroit recovered), he received exactly zero rushes the rest of the way. Owners need to monitor this situation as a result.

  • Posted: 11/3/2017 9:15am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah recently told reporters while he has no plans to ask Otis for a bigger role in the red zone, he is more than willing to help the team improve on its last-place ranking in short-yardage conversions (33.3 percent conversion rate on third- and fourth-and-1, far below the NFL average of 66.5 percent).

    Huddle Up: The Lions have somewhat followed through on giving Abdullah more work this season, but he has no carries on third down this season and only eight in the red zone. Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner have served as the primary short-yardage backs and head coach Jim Caldwell doesn't appear to be in any rush to change things up, putting a fair share of the blame on the offensive line for being unable to hold up in those situations. Until that changes, Abdullah will likely remain a RB3 in fantasy.

  • Posted: 10/29/2017 8:52pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah rushed 11 times for just 27 yards in Week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers while adding three grabs for 11 yards.

    Huddle Up: The Lions continue their search for a 100-yard rusher in a single game, now going on four years since Reggie Bush accomplished the feat on Thanksgiving 2013. Abdullah will regroup and try to hit the mark in Week 9 on the road against the Packers on Monday Night Football. Ironically, that's the last team to give up 100 yards to a Lions rusher.

  • Posted: 10/15/2017 4:52pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah rushed 14 times for 54 yards in Week 6 against the New Orleans Saints. He was also targeted twice in the pass game but did not have any catches.

    Huddle Up: The Lions continue to search for that elusive 100-yard rushing game, but it hasn't happened in four years since Reggie Bush accomplished the feat last in 2013. It won't happen again in Week 7, either, as the team is on its bye.

  • Posted: 10/8/2017 3:23pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah rushed 10 times for 31 yards in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers, and he added one reception for three yards.

    Huddle Up: The Lions continue to search for a 100-yard rusher in a single game, and no one was close in this one. Abdullah has had a few decent performances lately, so this was a bit of a disappointment. He'll look for better results in Week 6, and he should see plenty of wide-open spaces in New Orleans against a leaky Saints defense.

  • Posted: 10/6/2017 2:26pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 6, and is not on the injury report for Week 5.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah has been a solid fantasy option for owners this season and will continue to receive most of the carries in the offense. He can be considered a solid No. 2 running back for owners this week.

  • Posted: 10/5/2017 3:23pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 5.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah is coming off his best game of the season and will continue to receive most of the carries in the running game. He will be facing a solid Carolina Panthers defense in Week 5 but can still be a No. 2 fantasy running back for owners.

  • Posted: 10/4/2017 3:33pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 4.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah should be able to play against the Carolina Panthers, but owners will know more about his status later in the week. He rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown last week and will continue to receive most of the carries during games. He should be considered a No. 2 running back or a flex option in fantasy leagues.

  • Posted: 10/1/2017 3:01pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah rushed 20 times for 94 yards and a touchdown in the Week 4 game against the Minnesota Vikings and he added three receptions for 15 yards on four targets.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah came close, but the Lions still have a four-year streak without a 100-yard rusher in a single game. He'll be back at it in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers, a tough rush defense.

  • Posted: 9/24/2017 4:04pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah ran 14 times for 47 yards in a 30-26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Sept. 24.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah tries to break loose each week but ends up with a limited amount of yards. As long as Abdullah can't break the 100-yard mark, he remains no better than an RB3 or flex option.

  • Posted: 9/18/2017 8:48pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah carried 17 times for 86 yards in Week 2 against the New York Giants on Monday, Sept. 18.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah averaged 5.1 yards per carry, but the streak continues for the Lions. They haven't had a 100-yard runner in a single game since Thanksgiving of 2013 when Reggie Bush hit the mark. If Abdullah continues to run with authority, he'll be the next 100-yard runner for the Honolulu Blue and Silver. He'll try to hit the mark in Week 3 when the Falcons come calling.

  • Posted: 9/10/2017 4:33pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah rushed 15 times for just 30 yards in Week 1 against the Cardinals while adding three catches for 11 yards on four targets.

    Huddle Up: The good news is that Abdullah had 18 total touches, but he didn't really go anywhere. Still, no one is really pushing him hard for the primary tailback role. He'll look to get untracked in Week 2 against the Giants on Monday Night Football.

  • Posted: 8/25/2017 6:56pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah rushed 13 times for 60 yards and caught three passes for 39 yards against the New England Patriots in the preseason Friday, Aug. 25.

    Huddle Up: Injuries have plagued Abdullah thus far, but the versatile back's upside was on full display Friday. He has to stay healthy, but he is worth a look as a low-end RB2 of upside RB3.

  • Posted: 8/19/2017 8:08am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has looked 'sharp' throughout training camp, 'appears to have retained speed and agility' he had prior to his injury last season and should get almost all the work on early downs for Detroit this season, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.

    Huddle Up: Rothstein makes it clear he expects Theo Riddick to retain his passing-game role and Zach Zenner to be a goal-line presence, but he believes 1,000 yards rushing is very realistic for Abdullah this season. Given the fact he is unlikely to see much of the high-leverage work that would help his fantasy upside, the third-year back figures to be a low-end RB2 at best in 2017.

  • Posted: 8/6/2017 3:44pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 6, but said it was a maintenance day. He expects to play in the first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah will be part of a committee at running back this season but is expected to be the starter at the position. Owners can consider him as a No. 3 running back, but he probably will not be an every week starter.

  • Posted: 8/5/2017 8:31am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner received the goal-line reps with the first-team offense during a padded practice ahead of Ameer Abdullah on Friday, Aug. 4.

    Huddle Up: It is just one practice, but a pretty clear indication Zenner must be running ahead of Abdullah for short-yardage and goal-line work. It also contradicts the recent reports out of Detroit that Abdullah would be 'featured.' It seems pretty clear Theo Riddick and Zenner are going to be involved in the red zone. It all adds up to Abdullah being a risky RB2 selection in the fourth-round area of most drafts.

  • Posted: 8/2/2017 9:44pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah will be the club's main featured back this season, according to running backs coach David Walker, who said, 'Ameer's our guy.' Walker added: 'Theo has his role, and then the other guys, they got to kind of fit where they fit and that's how we'll go.'

    Huddle Up: While this may be music to the ears of those who have already drafted Abdullah at a steep discount, it is by no means a lock that the former 2015 second-round draft pick will get more than 200 carries, especially since he's coming off two significant surgeries in 19 months. Even so, Abdullah is worth a late-round flier, as he's got a ton of talent and can break out if he's able to stay healthy. That might be a big 'if,' however.

  • Posted: 6/11/2017 6:09pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah makes the offense noticeably better and is 'the best two-way back' on the roster, in the opinion of Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.

    Huddle Up: Injuries have plagued Abdullah thus far, but he will lead Detroit's backfield if healthy. He has RB2 upside, and you may be able to grab him at RB3 price because of his injury history.

  • Posted: 6/1/2017 10:58am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) tore his Lisfranc ligament in Week 2 last season. It was well documented that Abdullah injured his foot, but the Lisfranc injury, specifically, had not been disclosed.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah is honed in on his recover and has had plenty of time to recover since the injury happened so early last season. He remains the Lions' starter, but Abdullah will yield most of the passing down work to Theo Riddick, as usual. In standard formats, Abdullah is an ideal RB2 to RB3 candidate.

  • Posted: 5/31/2017 7:34am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah remains the team's starting running back, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah has been that shiny sports car fantasy owners have salivated at driving only to realize the tires were flat. He has the makings of a PPR stud, and he's still just 24 in a few days, but injuries have wreck his first two seasons. The Lions have some depth, but Abdullah really has no one to vulture him except Theo Riddick in the passing game, which makes Abdullah a low-end RB2 with luster.

  • Posted: 5/24/2017 2:03pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) accelerated through openings and changed direction without breaking stride during organized team activities Wednesday, May 24.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah appears to be recovered from his foot injury and should be part of a committee at running back in 2017. He probably will receive most of the carries in the offense but would see limited targets in the passing game. Owners in most leagues probably should consider Abdullah as a No. 3 running back.

  • Posted: 5/22/2017 11:19am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) said he's attacking this offseason with a more focused mindset and working as hard as he can to be the best player he can be. The third-year running back also hopes to leave his injury woes behind him. He's focused on the little things and the work he has to do to maintain his body for the NFL after suffering a season-ending foot injury in Week 2 last season.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah has the right mindset and the right attitude, but those can only go so far. He'll have had almost a full year to recover from his ailments and has already been named Detroit's starting running back. Abdullah's involvement in the passing game will be limited with Theo Riddick there, but drafting Abdullah as a low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 could be worth the risk.

  • Posted: 4/30/2017 8:04am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah will be the team's starting running back this fall, according to general manager Bob Quinn.

    Huddle Up: The Lions didn't select a running back in the draft, so there was little doubt about this one. Abdullah's 2016 season was marred by injury, but he possesses a ton of big-play ability and upside, especially now since Detroit addressed the offensive line in the offseason. Theo Riddick wlll assume his usual passing-down work, but a healthy Abdullah should be able to perform at a RB2 level in fantasy.

  • Posted: 4/17/2017 7:48pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) began the team's offseason program on time Monday, April 17. It's the first time he will go through this after missing last year's offseason work while rehabbing from shoulder labrum surgery. He's still 'getting there' in regards to his injury, but added that he's 'at a really good spot.'

    Huddle Up: Entering his third season, Abdullah has already been through an assortment of injuries, missing all but two games a year ago. Before going down, he showed some glimpses of what made him a second-round draft pick in 2015, rushing for 101 yards on 18 carries in just six quarters before tearing a ligament in his left foot. With Theo Riddick still around getting a good chunk of work out of the backfield, it's hard to trust Abdullah as a fantasy option going into 2017.

  • Posted: 3/29/2017 6:09pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) is expected to see some work during OTAs this spring, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah ran for 101 yards on 18 carries and caught five passes for 57 yards before injuring his foot last season, and he remains the best early-down option for the Lions at the moment when he is healthy. The Lions should be a much better running team this year simply after adding Rick Wagner and T.J. Lang up front, so Abdullah could have some low-end RB2 appeal if he can put his injury woes behind him.

  • Posted: 3/9/2017 9:12pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah's (foot) foot injury was frustrating to deal with last season, according to general manager Bob Quinn, and beat writer Bob Wojnowski believes Detroit needs to add a power back to stabilize a running game that has produced one 1,000-yard rusher in the last 14 seasons.

    Huddle Up: If Detroit decides to give Abdullah another chance to lead the backfield, he will be worth grabbing as a low-end WR2 despite the injury risk.

  • Posted: 3/3/2017 7:30am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) has been medically cleared from his foot injury.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah is as talented as anyone at the position, but he has been plagued by injuries. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry before his foot injury. He figures to be a big part of the offense, and a case can be made for him as an RB2 in fantasy.

  • Posted: 2/18/2017 5:46pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) remains on track to return for spring practice, and he posted a video of himself running on an incline treadmill.

    Huddle Up: Detroit may try to upgrade the running game in the offseason, but if Abdullah breaks camp as the top back, he has RB2 potential.

  • Posted: 2/11/2017 5:48pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has the 'potential' to develop into an every-down back, according to retired RB Barry Sanders.

    Huddle Up: Injuries have derailed Abdullah's career thus far, but he has shown some promise in his limited playing time. If Detroit doesn't spend a high pick on a back, Abdullah could reach RB2 status in 2017.

  • Posted: 1/26/2017 9:43pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is a 'complementary' back, according to NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks, and Brooks said the Lions need to target an every-down, 'crown-jewel type' back in the 2017 NFL Draft.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah lost most of his 2016 season to a foot injury, but the former second-round pick has some potential. If Detroit doesn't spend a high pick on back, he will be worth taking a chance on as a low-end RB2 in 2017.

  • Posted: 1/9/2017 2:29pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) has not lost his confidence despite missing most of the 2016 season with a foot injury and subsequent surgery. Abdullah believes he will still be a premier running back in the NFL. 'It just takes patience,' Abdullah said. 'It takes prayer, it takes diligence, and coming from this injury -- these injuries in the last year ? it's just that much more important to me.'

    Huddle Up: Abdullah and Theo Riddick both suffered their fair share of injuries in 2016, paving the way for Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington. Abdullah and Riddick should take back their committee roles, though, assuming they are fully healthy this upcoming offseason. Riddick remains an RB2 candidate in PPR leagues for 2017, while Abdullah is in the RB3 to RB4 range.

  • Posted: 1/9/2017 8:53am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) said Monday, Jan. 9, that he intends to be ready for spring workouts.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah has been a tease in his first two seasons, and if he can stay on the field, he has the talent to be one of the better running backs in the game. Such luster will peg him as an RB2 in next year's drafts.

  • Posted: 11/24/2016 5:53am ET

    Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah's (foot) foot is structurally sound, and it's up to the team how to accelerate his rehab.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah would need at least a week or two of practice if he's designated to return. Keep him stashed in all formats.

  • Posted: 11/22/2016 4:50pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah's (foot) checkup with Dr. Robert Anderson went well Tuesday, Nov. 22, according to a source. Abdullah is a consideration for the Lions' designated-to-return player from the Reserve/Injured list.

    Huddle Up: It will still be a good deal of time before Abdullah is able to actually play in a game again, so he may not return this season. Theo Riddick remains Detroit's best bet at running back while Abdullah is out, but Abdullah is worth a stash for teams in need of possible running back help during the fantasy playoffs.

  • Posted: 11/20/2016 7:57am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) will visit Dr. Robert Anderson Tuesday, Nov. 22, in order to find out if he can resume practicing.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah is on injured reserve due to a torn ligament in his left foot and there is still a possibility that he could miss the rest of the season. Theo Riddick is serving as Detroit's No. 1 back in his absence and he should be viewed as a RB2 in all formats, with added value in PPR leagues.

2017 Game Logs

Wk Opp Car RYd RTD Cat CYd CTD
1 ARI 15 30 0 3 11 0
2 @NYG 17 86 0 0 0 0
3 ATL 14 47 0 3 39 0
4 @MIN 20 94 1 3 15 0
5 CAR 10 31 0 1 3 0
6 @NO 14 54 0 0 0 0
8 PIT 11 27 0 3 11 0
9 @GB 21 48 1 1 9 0
10 CLE 11 52 1 1 3 0

2016 Game Logs

Wk Opp Car RYd RTD Cat CYd CTD
1 @IND 12 63 0 5 57 1
2 TEN 6 38 0 0 0 0
12 MIN 0 0 0 0 0 0

2015 Game Logs

Wk Opp Car RYd RTD Cat CYd CTD
1 @LAC 7 50 1 4 44 0
2 @MIN 6 9 0 1 9 0
3 DEN 8 23 0 2 19 1
4 @SEA 13 33 0 2 11 0
5 ARI 6 16 0 1 9 0
6 CHI 14 48 0 3 21 0
7 MIN 8 43 0 0 0 0
8 @KC 1 3 0 0 0 0
10 @GB 5 15 0 1 7 0
11 OAK 12 44 0 1 2 0
12 PHI 16 63 0 1 12 0
13 GB 13 67 0 0 0 0
14 @LAR 7 23 0 2 21 0
15 @NO 9 77 1 2 12 0
16 SF 8 39 0 4 9 0
17 @CHI 10 44 0 1 7 0

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