When Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah went down with a foot injury in week two, it was widely assumed that his season was over. The team released very few details on the extent of the injury, but he underwent surgery the week of the injury, and was subsequently placed on injured reserve.
Linebacker Jon Bostic, also on injured reserve, seemed like the more likely recipient of the team’s tag for one player to receive an option allowing him to come off IR this season. But, his recovery doesn’t seem to be coming along as well as Abdullah’s.
A report from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport surfaced this morning indicating that Abdullah’s potential return this season is a legitimate possibility.
#Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (IR, foot) will see Dr. Robert Anderson on Tues to see if he’ll start practicing. Active in 3 weeks is realistic
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 20, 2016
Although Rapaport has been incorrect on an injury report this season, Detroit beat writer Dave Birkett has also picked up on the story as well:
A little more on Ameer: Visit to Dr Anderson is Tuesday, should have an updated timetable then. Lions can use that to facilitate IR decision
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) November 20, 2016
In related unsurprising news, head coach Jim Caldwell has released very little news on the situation (well, actually none).
In Abdullah’s absence, the team has used a number of other running backs, including Dwayne Washington, Theo Riddick, Justin Forsett, and Zach Zenner. For the season, those four backs have averaged a total of 60.78 rushing yards per game, and 3.59 yards per attempt – a far cry from Abdullah’s average of 5.61 yard per attempt this season, although the majority of that came against a poor Indianapolis Colts defense.
An Abdullah return this season would also add more speed to the Lions’ running attack, which would likely also improve their efficiency in the run game – the team has only rushed for three touchdowns on the year.
While the idea of Abdullah’s potential return sounds great, take the idea with a grain of salt as nothing is guaranteed at this point. Stay tuned, we’ll update with any news that breaks on his situation after his visit with the doctor, which is scheduled for Tuesday of this week.