Lions waive ex-top rusher Abdullah to add WR

Lions waive ex-top rusher Abdullah to add WR

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The Detroit Lions on Tuesday signed wide receiver Bruce Ellington and waived Ameer Abdullah, the team’s leading rusher last season and their former second-round pick.

In Ellington, the Lions might be getting their new slot receiver after trading Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles a week ago. The 27-year-old Ellington has played in 40 games for San Francisco and Houston, catching 56 passes for 637 yards and five touchdowns. He also could end up as the team’s returner — a role held last week by rookie Brandon Powell and at times before that by Abdullah — since he has 47 career punt returns for 372 yards and 50 kick returns for 1,279 yards.

A fourth-round pick of San Francisco in 2014, Ellington spent two seasons with the 49ers and then 14 games over two seasons with Houston before being placed on injured reserve by the Texans on Sept. 25 with a hamstring injury and released last week.

Abdullah’s role had diminished greatly this season after the signing of LeGarrette Blount and the draft selection of Kerryon Johnson in the second round. With Blount, Johnson and veteran Theo Riddick on the roster, Abdullah was only active for three games this season — two of which came when Riddick was recovering from a knee injury.

The 25-year-old had one carry for one yard this season and two receptions for 18 yards. He also had a critical fumble against Seattle in Week 8 on a kick return and lost that job to Brandon Powell against Minnesota last week.

Taken with the No. 54 pick in the 2015 draft, Abdullah appeared in 35 games with the Lions, rushing 327 times for 1,251 yards and six touchdowns along with catching 57 passes for 420 yards. His best overall season came as a rookie, when he had 168 touches for 780 total scrimmage yards and had a career-high 597 rushing yards.

Abdullah missed almost the entire 2016 season due to a foot injury — one that derailed what had started as a promising season where he gained 101 yards on 18 carries, showing the promise he had with the Cornhuskers.

The Lions had another open roster spot after waiving receiver Andy Jones on Monday and filled that by signing running back Zach Zenner on Tuesday.

Zenner appeared in 28 games for the Lions the past three seasons, rushing for 420 yards and five touchdowns.

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November 6, 2018 at 12:00PM

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