Lions’ Abdullah earns NFC special teams honor

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Lions rookie Ameer Abdullah hasn’t been receiving much work on offense recently, but his special teams effort last Sunday earned him some recognition.

After having a 104-yard kickoff return against the Packers, tying Percy Harvin for the longest non-scoring play in NFL history, the NFL named Abdullah the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Abdullah also had a 30-yard return in the game. On his longer one, which was the first play of the third quarter, the Packers tackled him at the 1, but the Lions scored a go-ahead touchdown three plays later.

After taking a 9-3 lead early in the second quarter, the Lions eventually won 18-16, their first win at Lambeau Field since 1991.

Abdullah, a second-round pick this year, leads the NFL with a 31.9-yard average on kickoff returns this season.

He’s the second Lions rookie returner to win a special teams player of the week award, joining Terry Fair in 1998.