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Lions' Theo Riddick placed on IR, ending season

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
RB Theo Riddick - Riddick made strides as a ball carrier and was an even bigger factor in the passing game than 2015. Injuries (high ankle sprain and wrist) hampered what would have been a monster year. GRADE: B+

Allen Park – Theo Riddick’s season is over.

The Detroit Lions placed the dual-threat running back on injured reserve on Saturday with the wrist injury that has sidelined him the past three games.

Although it remains unclear exactly when the injury occurred, Riddick appeared on the injury report following the Lions’ 28-13 win over the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 4. He was a limited participant in practice the following week, but the injury seemingly worsened as he sat out the next two weeks.

Riddick took over the team’s starting running back role after a foot injury sidelined Ameer Abdullah in Week 2. Showing improved ability as a ball carrier, to go with his elite receiving skills out the backfield, Riddick racked up 728 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns.

The depleted Detroit backfield is now down to Zach Zenner, Joique Bell and rookie Dwayne Washington for Sunday's game against the Packers at Ford Field.

It's a group that has failed to consistently produce this season. The Lions rank 30th in rushing yards this season, 27th in rushing touchdowns and 26th in yards per carry.

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Zenner, who received the starting nod last Monday against the Cowboys, had his best game of the season. He rushed for 67 yards and two touchdowns with 12 carries and added two receptions for another 25 yards.

There was also a late addition to Sunday's injury report.

Riley Reiff is questionable with a hip injury.

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