Lions waive Ameer Abdullah, sign Bruce Ellington

Zach Zenner Analyzing why the Lions welcomed him back

Zach Zenner Analyzing why the Lions welcomed him back

The Detroit Lions have announced the re-signing of running back Zach Zenner, the signing of slot receiver Bruce Ellington, and release of running back Ameer Abdullah. Now fully healthy, Zenner will be looking to make an impact in the Lions backfield and on special teams.

Taken with the No. 54 pick in the 2015 draft, Abdullah appeared in 35 games with the Lions, rushing 327 times for 1,251 yards and six touchdowns along with catching 57 passes for 420 yards.

A fourth-round pick of San Francisco in 2014, Ellington spent two seasons with the 49ers and then 14 games over two seasons with Houston before being placed on injured reserve by the Texans on September 25 with a hamstring injury and released last week.

Ellington, 27, has played five seasons in the National Football League including three games this year and eleven last year for the Houston Texans.

After the team drafted Kerryon Johnson in 2018 and brought in LeGarrette Blount, Abdullah found himself as the odd man out in Detroit.

Ellington appeared in three games with the Texans this season and caught eight passes for 92 yards and a TD. He saw just three total touches this season while playing in three games. In 2016 he missed the entire season with a hamstring injury. He had 420 yards rushing and five touchdowns over three seasons with the Lions.