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Theo Riddick is on the Ameer Abdullah plan.
Abdullah, the Detroit Lions’ starting running back, spent most of the preseason last year in a red jersey as he recovered from off-season shoulder surgery and the team tried to limit his exposure to contact.
Abdullah played in one preseason game, logged four carries and showed up for Week 1 healthy (only to need Lisfranc surgery after suffering a foot injury in Week 2).
Riddick, coming off double wrist surgery that sidelined him for the entire spring, spent Day 1 of training camp Sunday in a red no-contact jersey and took part primarily in individual drills.
He said he has no idea how long he’ll be restricted in practice, but that his wrists feel “good.”
“Just excited to be out there on the field doing what you love,” Riddick said. “That’s the biggest thing. I’m just trying to enjoy every moment.”
A healthy Riddick would give a huge boost to a Lions offense that struggled to get in the end zone at times last season. He’s one of the best pass-catching backs in the NFL, and a big part of a three-headed backfield that includes Abdullah and Zach Zenner.
“It’s great to see him out there and it’s just kind of a matter of time trying to get him back in the flow, get everything where…
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