'Timeline' passed, so Detroit Lions put Theo Riddick on IR
Lions have lost their top two RBs to injuries this year and are the worst rushing team to qualify for the playoffs
The Detroit Lions held out hope for weeks that Theo Riddick would return from his wrist injury.
He practiced briefly and on a limited basis in the days after he suffered the injury Dec. 4 against the New Orleans Saints, but with no return to game action imminent and after spending the last two weeks completely on the shelf, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the team made the decision to put its leading rusher on season-ending injured reserve last week.
"Obviously we make those decisions based upon our medical," Caldwell said of a move that was made official Saturday afternoon. "We have a plan, we put it together and we have timelines we work with. So we hit our timeline, we made adjustments."
Caldwell declined to say if Riddick needs surgery on his wrist.
Riddick told the Free Press last month that he did not break any bones in his wrist, but he did not specify the exact nature of the injury.
Either way, the Lions' decision to move on from Riddick means they enter the playoff without their top two running backs.
Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards on 18 carries in the season's first two games, but underwent foot surgery in September. Riddick, who tied for the NFL lead among running backs with 80 catches last year, also missed two games earlier this year with an ankle injury.
Despite playing in just 10 games this year, Riddick finished the regular season as the Lions' leading rusher with 357 yards on 92 carries. The Lions finished 30th in the NFL in rushing, worst among playoff qualifiers.
"Obviously he’s a guy that is very capable," Caldwell said. "He’s done a lot of great things for us, all you do is look at the stats and the numbers. You can see what he’s been able to do over time."
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