When Ameer Abdullah showed up for practice today, he had a surprise waiting for him.
Abdullah, who’s a little over 10 months removed from the Lisfranc surgery that cut short his 2016 season, said Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell surprised him by giving him the day off from training camp today, his first day off this summer.
“Coach threw me a bone,” Abdullah said. “He was like, ‘Hey, I kind of put it on my schedule that I kind of want you to take today off.’ I guess it’s a vet day. Only in my third year and I get a vet day, so that’s good. So I feel good and I appreciate Coach.”
Abdullah has looked sharp in his return from an injury that limited him to just six quarters of football last season.
He said his surgically repaired foot feels “great” and he recently told Caldwell that he’s “turned the corner” mentally and physically in his return to play.
“I don’t really think about it any more,” Abdullah said. “I’m out there competing at a high level, back to my old self and I’m happy with the progression I’ve made.”
Abdullah is expected to serve as the Lions’ lead running back this fall, with Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner and others in the mix for carries.
He spent a large portion of July rehabbing at the Lions’ training facility, and said today he expects to take part in joint practices this week against the Indianapolis Colts as well as this weekend’s exhibition opener.
“I’ll be out there,” Abdullah said.