Ameer Abdullah missed most of the 2016 season with an injury, but the Detroit Lions still believe in the former Husker.
The team did not select a running back in this year’s draft, and GM Bob Quinn told reporters the team is comfortable going forward with Abdullah as their starter. Abdullah was placed on injured reserve last season after just two weeks due to a foot injury.
Quinn expects Abdullah and Theo Reddick to make up most of Detroit’s running game in 2017.
“It’s a tough balance, but I think Ameer’s injury last year was sort of a fluke thing. He’s back 100 percent,” Quinn told MLive.
In 18 career NFL games, Abdullah has shown flashes of promise. He had 597 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per carry during his rookie campaign in 2015. Before the season-ending injury in 2016, he had 101 yards on 18 carries (5.6 yards per carry).
As long as he can stay healthy, Abdullah will get a chance to stay at the top of the depth chart this year.