Lions RB Ameer Abdullah out 8-plus weeks with foot injury
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Theo Riddick is about to get a chance to be an every-down running back in the NFL.
The Detroit Lions put running back Ameer Abdullah on the reserve-injured list with a foot injury Wednesday, keeping him out of the lineup for at least eight weeks and pushing Riddick up the depth chart.
Abdullah hurt his left foot on a 24-yard run in the second quarter of a loss Sunday to Tennessee and didn’t return to play. The 2015 second-round pick ran for 101 yards on 18 carries and had five receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown for the Lions (1-1) this season.
Riddick will likely replace Abdullah in the starting lineup Sunday at Green Bay (1-1) and will be backed up by rookie Dwayne Washington.
The 5-foot-9, 201-pound Riddick had a career-high 11 carries for 37 yards against the Titans and caught four passes for 28 yards. In the season-opening win at Indianapolis, he matched a career high with seven rushing attempts and had 108 yards of offense and two scores.
Washington is a 6-1, 223-pound powerful runner, giving Detroit a compliment to Riddick’s ability to juke defenders and run past them. Washington, a seventh-round pick from Washington, has carried the ball six times for 32 yards and a score. He earned a spot Stevan Ridley was expected to have this season.
The Lions signed wide receiver Aaron Dobson to take Abdullah’s roster spot. The New England Patriots, with current Detroit general manager Bob Quinn, drafted Dobson in the second round three years ago. He had 53 catches for 698 yards and four touchdowns from 2013 to 2015 with the Patriots.
Detroit also added depth at running back by signing George Winn to its practice squad along with linebacker Zaviar Gooden. The Lions released receiver Isaac Fruechte and guard Chase Farris from the practice squad.