Head coach Jim Caldwell isn't sure if Riddick (wrist) will be available for team activities this spring, MLIVe.com's Kyle Meinke reports.
A recent report suggested Riddick is expected to be ready for the start of the offseason program, but his participation apparently can't be assumed. He underwent surgery on both wrists late last season, missing the final four games of the campaign. Fellow running back Ameer Abdullah (foot) has already been fully cleared for a return, but the Lions are rumored to have serious interest in adding competition via free agency or the draft. Riddick's role as the primary passing-down back is secure, while Abdullah could face serious competition for carries.
Riddick had surgery on both wrists late last season, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Riddick missed the final four games of the season with a wrist injury, but it was never revealed if he had surgery. While it turns out he actually needed procedures on both wrists, Riddick is still expected to be a full participant when organized team activities begin later this spring. Backfield mate Ameer Abdullah (foot) has already been fully cleared to return, but even with him and Riddick both expected to be healthy, the Lions are rumored to have interest in drafting a running back.
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Riddick (wrist) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
After already being ruled out for Sunday's game with a wrist injury, the Lions opted to place Riddick on injured reserve and promote receiver Jace Billingsley from the practice squad. With that, Riddick will not be available should the Lions advance to the playoffs. The Lions will have to lean on Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner out of the backfield for the remainder of the season. Riddick finished the season with 92 carries for 357 yards (3.9 YPC) and one touchdown and added 53 receptions for 371 yards and five scores.
Riddick (wrist) has been ruled out of Sunday night's game against the Packers.
Riddick has gone three weeks without practicing, so despite the importance of Sunday's contest, it comes as no surprise that his wrist injury will keep him sidelined for a fourth straight game. With Riddick out again, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington will continue to lead the Lions' backfield charge.
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