Lions name former Husker Ameer Abdullah starter

Former Nebraska star Ameer Abdullah will have a starting gig for the Detroit Lions this year.

The Lions didn't select any running backs in last weekend's NFL draft, meaning they'll depend on both Abdullah and Theo Riddick.

Abdullah suffered a foot injury in week two of the 2016 season and was put on the season-ending injured reserve.

"It's a tough balance, but I think Ameer's injury last year was sort of a fluke thing. He's back 100 percent," Lions general manager Bob Quinn said. "Theo's dealing with a few things, but we think he's ready to go, too.

"You can't carry 10 running backs. You've got 90 guys on the roster, and you've got to split them up as best as you see fit."

Abdullah ran for 101 yards on 18 carries in two games last year. In his two-year career, he has 161 rushes for 698 yards and two touchdowns. He's also caught 30 passes for 240 yards and two scores.

via Michigan Live

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