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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.

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15 Responses to “Lions RB Theo Riddick had surgery to both wrists”
  1. dontstabmeray says: Mar 26, 2017 5:43 PM

    Poor guy is limp wristed

  2. waynefontesismyfather says: Mar 26, 2017 5:44 PM

    One of these years we’re actually going to get a running game. Of course Stafford will probably be 64 years old at that point!

  3. midnightcusk says: Mar 26, 2017 6:12 PM

    I think Jeffrey Pash had the same procedure.

  4. irishgary says: Mar 26, 2017 6:27 PM

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

    Go Irish

  5. xavier179 says: Mar 26, 2017 7:02 PM

    Maybe he will be able to hang on to the ball better now.

  6. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 26, 2017 7:22 PM

    As long as they’re healthy for the season.

  7. jasons81 says: Mar 26, 2017 8:20 PM

    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

  8. dawoger says: Mar 26, 2017 8:21 PM

    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

  9. spartylegendhyzersmadcuzlionssobad says: Mar 26, 2017 9:12 PM

    Got to make a comment about wrist surgery, hoping my 60 year drought of playoff no wins has some hope!

  10. lingsun54 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:24 PM

    The Lions won a playoff game after the 1991 season. It’s not a 60 year drought.

  11. dsf1560 says: Mar 27, 2017 12:31 AM

    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.

  12. dsf1560 says: Mar 27, 2017 12:33 AM

    He also has only 1 fumble in 54 and it was on a rushing attempt, not a reception.

  13. dsf1560 says: Mar 27, 2017 12:34 AM

    54 games

  14. 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.

  15. zamp27 says: Mar 27, 2017 10:13 AM

    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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    Troll for life…you get up in the morning and got to troll?

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