Lions RB Theo Riddick had surgery to both wrists

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Theo Riddick, one of the NFL’s premier passing-game backs, is usually mindful of his hands.

This off-season, the attention is on his wrists.

The Lions veteran underwent surgery to both wrists following his December placement on injured reserve. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Riddick is expected to be ready for organized team activities, which begin in May.

Ability is less the issue in the Lions’ backfield.

Durability is.

Between ankle and wrist ailments, Riddick missed six games in 2016. He still finished with 53 receptions for 371 yards and five touchdowns while adding a career-high 357 rushing yards and a score. Ameer Abdullah suffered a Week 2 foot injury that ended his season. He also is expected to be ready for OTAs.

No Lions player gained more than 70 rushing yards in a single game last season.

Birkett postulated the team “could look to add a running back high in April’s draft or sign an aging veteran as insurance.” The April 27-29 draft is widely viewed to be well stocked at the position.

15 responses to “Lions RB Theo Riddick had surgery to both wrists

  1. Theo Riddick is good, but not premier. Glad to see he is having a good career.

    Go Irish

    A good career?!? That’s a good career? SMH

  2. Ol’ Theo will have a hard time running a batch off by hand for awhile. To bad he’s not a Viqueef. The entire skoltroll nation would give him a hand….lol

  3. Anybody saying that Theo Riddick is not a premier receiving back simply does not watch the Lions and is not familiar with RB receiving stats. In 2015, Riddick led all RBs with 80 receptions. In addition, he had the highest catch percentage of all players in the NFL at 80.8%. As for yardage, he placed 2nd with 697 receiving yards for RBs. 1st was Danny Woodhead. He was 4th among RBs in terms of receiving touchdowns for 2015. In 2016, Riddick played 10 games. He was on pace for 84.8 receptions, the most of any RB in the NFL and 4.8 more than David Johnson’s 80 catches. Riddick, even having missed 6 games due to injury, led all NFL running backs with 5 receiving touchdowns. He was on pace for 8 TDs. Riddick was also on track to accumulate 593.6 receiving yards, even having been playing through injury for most of the year. That would have put him in 3rd on the yardage leaders, only behind Le’Veon Bell & David Johnson. That includes beating players such as Zeke Elliot, Devonta Freeman, DeMarco Murray, & Darren Sproles.

  4. The Lions are historically the worst team in the NFC, they have one playoff win in 60 years as the desperate Lions fan pointed out.

    One playoff win since 1957.

  5. vikingf0rlife says:
    Mar 27, 2017 8:42 AM
    The Lions are historically the worst team in the NFC, they have one playoff win in 60 years as the desperate Lions fan pointed out.

    One playoff win since 1957.
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