Lions' Ameer Abdullah: Enjoying first healthy offseason
Abdullah has had a full offseason to train for the first time in his career, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "Definitely ready for a big year," the running back recently said. "My body feels as good as it's felt since I've been here, so I think that's the most important thing. I've had an unfortunate streak of two injuries in a row. Coming back from those have been tough in their own respect, but I'm glad I'm all the way back."
Abdullah, who entered the league in 2015, needed surgery to repair a torn labrum after his rookie year and then missed a good chunk of the 2017 offseason recovering from a Lisfranc injury he suffered two games into the 2016 campaign. Abdullah's also the owner of a career 3.8 YPC mark and has likely fallen to No. 3 on the depth chart after starting 2017 in the lead role. It's impossible to know if his professional struggles relate to his lack of offseason availability, but it's at least obvious that a rehabilitation-free offseason is better than the alternative. The Lions haven't totally given up on the running back, as general manager Bob Quinn recently indicated that Abdullah remains in the team's plans. However, Detroit's addition of LeGarrette Blount, coupled with the likelihood that Quinn invests in this year's deep draft class of running backs, makes Abdullah's exact role uncertain.
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