Vikings claim RB Ameer Abdullah

Rex Christensen
November 9, 2018

The Minnesota Vikings have claimed running back Ameer Abdullah off waivers from the Detroit Lions.

Playing 35 games in from 2015-2018 and starting 22 of those, Abdullah has accumulated 1,251 yards on the ground and scored six rushing touchdowns while adding 57 catches for 420 yards and three additional scores. Abdullah spent the entirety of his National Football League career with the Lions after being drafted in the second round by the team in 2015.

The former Jacksonville State product joined the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in May and made the 53-man roster at the beginning of September.

Thomas, who was injured during the Week 8 game against the Saints, did not play last week due to a hamstring injury.

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Considering the team's needs, it was a bit surprising to see the Vikings claim a running back from waivers. Thomas appeared in five games this season, rushing eight times for 30 yards and catching two passes for 21 yards.

The Detroit backfield was too full with rookie Kerryon Johnson, and veterans LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick stealing reps from Abdullah. He had rushed 40 times for 160 yards and one TD in his career against the Vikings.

Abdullah's best season was his rookie year when he gained 780 total yards on 168 touches, a 4.6 average.

Minnesota, which has a bye this week, plays at Detroit on December 23.

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