Abdullah (shoulder) had one carry for seven yards and two punt returns for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.
Abdullah had missed practice time with a shoulder injury, but it doesn't look like a worry for the start of the regular season. Abdullah has been competing with Mike Boone and De'Angelo Henderson for the No. 3 role at the running back position, but he may make the roster in any scenario since he's likely to be the team's primary kick and punt returner.
Abdullah suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to leave practice Wednesday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The former first-round pick suffered the injury during 11-on-11 drills, and it's unclear how serious it is. Abdullah has been competing with Mike Boone and De'Angelo Henderson for the No. 3 role at the running back position, so he'll miss out on valuable reps. Expect the team to update his status in the coming days.
Abdullah is listed as the No. 3 running back and both the primary punt and kick returner on Minnesota's first unofficial depth chart of the preseason.
Abdullah is competing with Mike Boone and De'Angelo Henderson for the No. 3 role behind starter Dalvin Cook and backup Alexander Mattison. The Vikings could keep just three running backs on the roster, so Abdullah's role on special teams could help him make the roster. Abdullah may not end up winning the punt return job over Chad Beebe, but he looks set to begin the season as the kickoff returner.
Abdullah is re-signing with Minnesota, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Cut by Detroit midway through the 2018 season, Abdullah quickly resurfaced in Minnesota, where he played six snaps on offense and 86 on special teams in seven games. He's never lived up to his second-round draft status, but the ability to return and cover kicks would make him a sensible choice for the No. 3 running back spot. The Vikings recently lost Latavius Murray to the Saints, leaving them with Abdullah, Mike Boone and Roc Thomas as depth options behind Dalvin Cook. With additional competition sure to come later this offseason, Abdullah will need to reprove his value on special teams.
Abdullah played 16 special teams snaps during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Bears.
For the second straight game, Abdullah did not play an offensive snap. He finishes up the season with one reception for 10 yards on two targets. The former 2015 second-round pick was mostly utilized as a kick returner during the 2018 regular season and didn't log a single carry despite top running back Dalvin Cook missing multiple games due to injury. Set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Abdullah will look for a depth role elsewhere in the league if Minnesota doesn't re-sign him.
Abdullah was targeted once but did not record a catch during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Packers.
Abdullah has just one touch in two games in Minnesota and, after two kick returns in Week 11, did not bring the ball out on Sunday. The top of the Vikings' stable is pretty set with Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook. Though Abdullah's speed could conceivably add another dimension to the attack, you should see it before you believe it. The Patriots' bottom-10 total defense looms Sunday, but Abdullah won't get many offensive chances to test it.
Abdullah had one reception for ten yards on his only target in Sunday's loss at Chicago. He also returned two kickoffs for an average of 28.5 yards.
He played just one snap on offense, and he'll be mostly limited to special teams as long as Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray are healthy. Still, it's notable that he got time on offense while No. 4 RB Mike Boone was inactive.
Abdullah was claimed off waivers by the Vikings on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Abdullah will stay in the NFC North, joining a backfield that already includes Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray. The 2015 second-round pick isn't likely to be an immediate factor in the offense, but he could get a look on kickoff returns. There's no guarantee Abdullah sticks around for long, as the Vikings may view him as nothing more than short-term depth while Roc Thomas recovers from a hamstring injury.
The Lions are expected to waive Abdullah on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Detroit will bid adieu to its 2015 second-round pick as it makes room on the 53-man roster for receiver Bruce Ellington. Abdullah made 22 starts during his three-plus-year run in Detroit, but the 25-year-old averaged just 3.8 yards per carry while also dealing with some ball-security issues. The offseason additions of Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount had pushed Abdullah down to fourth on the depth chart at running back in 2018, with Abdullah suiting up in just three of the Lions' eight games. Abdullah's pedigree and ability to contribute in the return game should be enough to earn him a look elsewhere around the league as a depth back.
Abdullah (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Minnesota.
Abdullah has put an end to a three-game active streak, during which he recorded three touches for 19 yards from scrimmage and fumbled one time on his four kickoff returns. The latter may have played a part in Abdullah donning street clothes Sunday, but the real impetus likely is Theo Riddick (knee) returning from a two-game absence.
Abdullah didn't receive a carry but logged six yards on his lone reception and 77 yards with a fumble on three kickoff returns during Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Seahawks.
Suiting up for the third consecutive game, Abdullah again had minimal offensive responsibilities despite Theo Riddick's (knee) continued absence. However, the fourth-year Nebraska product is showing well in his new role as the team's primary kickoff returner, averaging a solid 26.8 yards per return on his four attempts this year -- only five players with at least eight attempts in 2018 have done better. While Abdullah also lost a fumble on his first return attempt, the fact coach Matt Patricia kept him in there for multiple other chances suggests Abdullah isn't in much danger of losing the job -- unless a potentially healthy Riddick steals Abdullah's spot on the gameday roster in Week 9 and leaves Brandon Powell as the top candidate to take over those responsibilities.
Abdullah (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
The unrestricted practice likely puts Abdullah in no danger of missing Sunday's game against the Seahawks. With Theo Riddick (knee) sitting out sessions Wednesday and Thursday and trending toward a second straight absence this weekend, Abdullah will likely dress as the Lions' third running back once again. That role didn't bear much fruit in the Week 7 win over the Dolphins, as Abdullah produced just 13 yards from scrimmage on two touches while working behind Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount.
Abdullah was limited in Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Abdullah played his first offensive snaps of the season during Detroit's win over the Dolphins in Week 7, gaining a yard on his lone carry and hauling in a 12-yard reception. If Theo Riddick (knee) is again sidelined Week 8 against the Seahawks, Abdullah would likely have a small role on offense behind rookie Kerryon Johnson and veteran LeGarrette Bount. In order for that to materialize, however, Abdullah must prove that his own injury isn't a concern.
Abdullah rushed once for one yard and caught his only target for 12 receiving yards during Sunday's 32-21 victory over Miami.
Abdullah saw his first offensive snaps of the season Sunday with Theo Riddick (knee) unavailable to play, but the Lions didn't use him as a direct replacement for Riddick on obvious passing downs. Instead, rookie Kerryon Johnson predictably saw a slightly expanded workload while LeGarrette Blount remained in the same complementary, early-down role the veteran bruiser has been in all year. Even if Riddick remains sidelined in Week 8, don't expect Abdullah to see a significant uptick in usage anytime soon.
Abdullah could earn some snaps out of the Lions' backfield in Week 7 against the Dolphins with Theo Riddick (knee) ruled out, Tim Twentyman of Detroit's official site reports.
With the top three options on the depth chart at running back all staying healthy through the first five games, Abdullah has been inactive for all but one of those contests, with all of his snaps coming on special teams in the lone appearance. Now without the services of their top pass-catching back coming off a bye week, the Lions suddenly have a need for another option to complement dynamic rookie Kerryon Johnson and power back LeGarrette Blount. Though he struggled to produce as a runner while dressing in 14 games for the Lions in 2017, Abdullah has flashed some ability as a receiver. Abdullah has a pair of 25-catch seasons on his resume and could allow the Lions to keep their playbook largely intact while Riddick is sidelined. It's unlikely that Abdullah will be involved to the extent Riddick usually is, but the latter's absence nonetheless provides a window of opportunity for the 25-year-old.
Abdullah logged 30 yards on his lone kickoff return during Sunday's 31-23 victory over the Packers.
Abdullah was active for the first time all season, and he didn't see any involvement on offense. However, Abdullah could be active for additional games in the near future if running back Kerryon Johnson (ankle) or return specialist Jamal Agnew (knee) are still tending to injury after Detroit's Week 6 bye.
Abdullah (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game against the Jets, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
The Lions will thus rely upon a trio of LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson and Theo Riddick to shoulder the workload out of the backfield. With Brandon Powell also a healthy scratch, look for Jamal Agnew to handle returns on both punts and kickoffs.
Despite making the Lions' 53-man roster, Abdullah isn't certain to be active for most game days this season, Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Abdullah currently sits No. 4 on the depth chart behind LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson and Theo Riddick, and the Nebraska product doesn't offer anything the others can't provide from a rushing, blocking or receiving standpoint. With Jamal Agnew already around to handle punt returns, that leaves Abdullah without a clear path toward anything but a role as a return man on kickoffs. Since Agnew could also serve in that capacity, it wouldn't be surprising if Abdullah is made a healthy scratch on more than one occasion this fall.
Abdullah has a spot on Detroit's initial 53-man roster, MLive.com's Kyle Meinke reports.
The 2015 second-round pick likely will stay in Detroit for the final year of his rookie contract, though it's still possible he could be waived if the team wants to add help at another position. Abdullah doesn't figure to get many touches in a backfield with LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson and Theo Riddick soaking up snaps.
Abdullah didn't make a good impression as the starting running back in Friday's preseason loss to the Giants, MLive.com's Kyle Meinke reports.
Meinke speculates that the Lions may have been showcasing Abdullah for a potential trade, considering there isn't much evidence of the fourth-year back being a real threat to LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson and Theo Riddick. Whatever the case, Abdullah didn't make a good argument for himself Friday, with his work including a botched handoff and a muffed kickoff. He managed just five yards from three touches on offense and 19 yards on two kick returns, taking a clear step back from his solid showing -- a 4-16-1 rushing line -- in the first week of the preseason. For what it's worth, Meinke still expects Abdullah to stick around on the 53-man roster as the No. 4 running back.
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