Lions RB Ameer Abdullah stays focused with daily yoga routine

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Ameer Abdullah

Allen Park — Ameer Abdullah doesn't know what the future holds, but the Detroit Lions running back is at peace with the process. 

The team's starting running back to begin last season, Abdullah's path to a roster spot in Detroit is clouded following the offseason additions of LeGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson. But the decision won't be up to Abdullah and he's content subscribing to the mantra of controlling what's within his control. 

"It's talk," Abdullah said. "Just talk. ...You can't worry about the next day, you have to worry about the day you have right now."

"I mean, that's all you can do," he said. "I mean, if anyone here can control tomorrow, please teach me. You know what I mean? But I don't think anyone can. So that's all we can do, is control today."

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Also helping Abdullah's peace of mind is yoga. He started experimenting with it as a senior at Nebraska and said it became a part of his daily routine in 2016. 

"It helps your breathing," Abdullah said. "It helps you just stay sound in tough situations, holding a lot of poses and stuff."

After his 2016 season was derailed by a foot injury in Week 2, Abdullah struggled last season, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry behind Detroit's injury-riddled offensive line. A second-round pick in 2015, he's competing for a role with Blount, Johnson, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner.