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
  Avg 9 102 81 349 4.9 1 1 22 15 120 1 469 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
2016 DET 2 23 18 101 5.6 0 0 5 5 57 1 158 1 0 1 1

Recent Player News

  • 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

    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.

  • Posted: 9/25/2016 8:04am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) could miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ligament in his left foot, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: Theo Riddick will serve as the Lions' primary running back in Abdullah's absence and should be viewed as a low-end RB2 in most fantasy formats. RB Dwayne Washington is worth considering as a flex option in Week 3's game against the Green Bay Packers and RB Zach Zenner could also be in line to see increased playing time.

  • Posted: 9/21/2016 6:54am ET

    Updating earlier reports, Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) could return this season if his rehab goes well. New Injured Reserve rules allow teams flexibility.

    Huddle Up: Theo Riddick will take over as the lead back. He has been productive as a receiver, but he hasn't really proven to be a consistent runner. Dwayne Washington has the tools to do both and is the dark horse here. Riddick is likely already owned, and he's a low-end RB2 for now. Washington has flex appeal against the Green Bay Packers in Week 3.

  • Posted: 9/21/2016 5:32am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Sept. 21.

    Huddle Up: The report doesn't state whether it was the season-ending or the short-term version. Either way, Theo Riddick likely takes the bulk of work with Dwayne Washington also in the mix. Riddick is an RB2 candidate against Green Bay this week, and Washington could be a low-end flex play.

  • Posted: 9/19/2016 12:44pm ET

    Updating a previous story, Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) will meet with Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to seek another opinion on his sprained left foot.

    Huddle Up: Injuries serious enough to require a visit to Dr. Anderson rarely end well. Abdullah should be considered out indefinitely until further notice. Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington will carry the mail fo for the foreseeable future, with the former being the better option in fantasy. Washington should handle most of Abdullah's early-down work and will remain the goal-line back, while Riddick should see a slight bump in touches.

  • Posted: 9/19/2016 5:46am ET

    Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah's (foot) X-rays were negative, but he'll have more tests Monday, Sept. 19.

    Huddle Up: Abdullah has 101 yards on 18 carries and five catches for 57 yards with a touchdown in two games. He'd have an OK matchup in Week 3 if he's cleared, and he'd be an RB2 consideration.

  • Posted: 9/18/2016 1:57pm ET

    Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) did not return after leaving with a foot injury Sunday, Sept. 18. He ran six times for 38 yards and did not catch a pass before exiting.

    Huddle Up: Monitor his practice status throughout the week. The second-year back is starting to become an injury liability for fantasy owners.

  • Posted: 9/18/2016 12:03pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) left the team's Week 2 game early because of a foot injury and is questionable to return.

    Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if he is in danger of missing next week's game. Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner would receive more playing time if Abdullah is sidelined. Riddick would be a solid option for fantasy owners, while Zenner could be a flex option in deeper leagues.

  • Posted: 9/8/2016 6:45am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah will have his usage monitored as the team will be wary of overloading him after he had shoulder surgery in the offseason. He has never carried the ball more than 16 times in a game. 'I don't envision him carrying the ball 30 times in a ball game,' head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'I think he's capable, certainly, but that's not his strength. I think he's one of those guys that you have to get it to him a number of different ways.'

    Huddle Up: Abdullah will still lead the committee with Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner, and he has the ability of an RB1. However, the situation will likely restrict him to a midrange RB2 or slightly better early on.

  • Posted: 8/31/2016 8:19pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah reiterated Wednesday, Aug. 31, that he expects to be the team's every-down back this season, which would mean working in the base three-receiver set and on third downs, as well as in goal-line packages, too. However, head coach Jim Caldwell said Tuesday, Aug. 30, he does not plan to change from his running-back-by-committee approach. 'I think you have to spread it out a little bit,' Caldwell said. 'Backs take a lot of hits in the ball game, and so I don't anticipate (we have) that kind of a guy that gets 30 carries in a ball game. I don't perceive that. Even though maybe it could happen, it wouldn't happen very often.'

    Huddle Up: Sorry to Abdullah fantasy owners. Your player is all for being the bellcow, but it sounds like Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner and even perhaps Dwayne Washington will eat into Abdullah's touches, keeping him around the 150-175 mark rather than 250-300 or more. Abdullah remains a solid RB2 in most formats, and slightly more valuable in PPR leagues.

  • Posted: 7/28/2016 2:24pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) is making progress in his recovery from a shoulder injury and should be ready to practice since he was not placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

    Huddle Up: A number of fantasy eyes will be tracking the second-year back in camp to see how he looks in his new role as the Lions' No. 1 back. In the meantime, we have ranked as a RB2 heading into August.

  • Posted: 7/25/2016 1:54am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) did not appear on the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list, suggesting he will be a full-go for training camp following offseason shoulder surgery.

    Huddle Up: Good news for the second-year back, who's set to take over as the Lions' No. 1 back this season. Sustained health, though, remain a concern for the 5-8, 198-pound back.

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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