Phoenix – It turns out Ameer Abdullah isn’t the only Detroit Lions running back recovering from surgery this offseason.
Theo Riddick, who missed the team’s final five games with a wrist injury, including a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, is recovering from surgery on both wrists, according to the Free Press.
On pace for the best season of his career, Riddick struggled to stay on the field last season, battling a high ankle sprain for nearly two months, prior to landing on injured reserve with the wrist issue. The ankle injury cost him two additional games.
Riddick still managed to finish the year with a career-high 357 rushing yards and his 5.3 receptions per game was better than his 2015 rate, when he set the franchise record for catches by a running back with 80.
The recovery is not expected to limit Riddick’s offseason participation.
Still, the Lions appear in the market for a running back. The team has heavily scouted options at all levels of the draft and are expected to add competition for Abdullah, Riddick, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington.
The Lions ranked 30th in rushing last season and 27th in yards per carry. This is considered a deep draft class at the position, headlined by likely first-round picks Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey.