Detroit Lions versatile running back Ameer Abdullah told Adam Carriker of “The Carriker Chronicles” in a recent interview that he specifically tore his Lisfranc in Week Two last season. The mid-foot injury forced Abdullah to miss the rest of the 2016 year, and now Abdullah is apparently just rounding back into form.
However, there may be future repercussions.
According to a 2016 article published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, the average time to return to play is about 11 months after such an ailment, and there is an associated decrease in performance, however not statistically significant. Regardless, although Abdullah is currently slotted as the starting halfback for the Lions, be cautious about his preseason expectations, as the third-year player will have not seen significant time in nearly a calendar year compounded by his attempt to return from a serious injury.
Before ending his season, Abdullah ammassed 120 total yards and a touchdown out of the backfield in Week One, and was regularly slotted as a starting running back in most fantasy leagues. But with the late-season emergence of undrafted running back Zach Zenner, Abdullah’s playing time should be further diminished this upcoming season, even if he reaches top form once again. The Lions may opt to split carries between the two backs, with the 221-pound Zenner receiving the bulk of the red zone opportunities.
Still, at this point, keep an eye on Abdullah if he remains in the late rounds of the draft. As a multidimensional option out of the backfield, Abdullah’s skillset provides optimal value in points per reception leagues, and could potentially have an impact similar to New England Patriots’ running backs James White and Dion Lewis with quarterback Matthew Stafford at the helm.
Abdullah’s announcement of the Lisfranc injury comes at an interesting time for fantasy owners. Although most drafts are typically still about two months down the line, Abdullah certainly deserves a closer look, especially if he remains the No. 1 running back on the Lions’ depth chart and receives positive reports in OTAs.
Furthermore, the only running back of note who has recently suffered a similar injury was Pittsburgh Steelers’ star halfback Le’Veon Bell in 2013, and he returned to cement himself as arguably the best dual-threat backfield option in fantasy football the past few seasons.