Abdullah’s TD ‘special,’ but he’d prefer a victory

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

San Diego — The Lions started to hide Ameer Abdullah in the preseason because they knew what he could do.

And the second time he touched the ball — and his first carry — in Sunday’s 33-28 loss to the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium, the second-round pick scooted up the gut for a 24-yard touchdown.

“It’s definitely special,” he said. “I’ve dreamt about playing in this league since I was 6 years old and for my first (carry) to be a touchdown is special. I know my father is probably watching and smiling.

“But I would’ve traded that run for a win any day.”

As impressive as Abdullah was Sunday, finishing with 50 yards on seven carries and four catches for 44 yards, his opportunities were limited by a Lions offense that repeatedly stalled after jumping out to a 21-3 first-half lead.

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Abdullah also had more touches than Joique Bell, 11 to eight, and looks like the team’s best option out of the backfield.

“The guy has some shake and bake, man, and the guy can get up and down the field for us,” wide receiver Calvin Johnson said. “I love when he has the ball because once (he) catches the ball, I’m looking for the next guy to block to try to keep him on his feet and get him to the end zone.”

After catching a pass for no gain on the fourth play of the game, Abdullah flashed that agility on the run as he made star Chargers safety Eric Weddle miss in the open field end route to the end zone.

“I just went one way and went the other way,” Abdullah said. “I’m sure you can make the same move.”

In addition to saving the touchdown ball, Abdullah will head back to Detroit with another souvenir — Chargers running back Melvin Gordon’s jersey. The two made an exchange after the game because they’ve known each other since high school and are close friends.