In a surprising bit of news, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press is reporting that Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah had surgery on his shoulder in January and could miss the entire offseason.
Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in January and could miss the rest of the off-season, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who wasn't authorized to speak publicly.
Abdullah sat out a few series early in the season after an arm stinger against the Chicago Bears, but beyond that there weren't any signs of injuries during his rookie season. According to Birkett, the injury happened during the Monday Night Football contest against the Saints.
Many expected a breakout year from Abdullah this season, after the Lions spent a lot of offseason resources revamping the offensive line. But with this injury setback, Abdullah may start the season a little behind the rest of the team.
That being said, Birkett says Abdullah is ahead of schedule in his rehab and the Lions are being cautious. Still, this puts a bit of a damper on the rising Abdullah hype.
UPDATE: Jim Caldwell confirmed Abdullah underwent the surgery, but would not go into detail of when the procedure took place nor where Abdullah is in the recovery process. When asked if he expected Abdullah to be ready by training camp, Caldwell simply said, "We'll see."
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com believes Abdullah will be ready:
Should be back for camp. Ahead of schedule for rehab https://t.co/T5kn9ftrk3— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 26, 2016