According to Ian Rapoport, the Detroit Lions are waiving RB Ameer Abdullah.
They will sign free agent WR Bruce Ellington, formerly of the Houston Texans, to fill Abdullah’s roster spot.
The Lions still have an opening on their 53-man roster after they parted ways with WR Andy Jones yesterday. Waiving Abdullah was likely a cap saving move.
(UPDATE: Lions have also re-signed RB Zach Zenner.)
Abdullah, 25, was the Lions second-round pick in 2015 out of Nebraska. Ultimately, ball security was his downfall. He was relegated almost strictly to return duties this year and was regularly inactive before the Jamal Agnew injury.
In 35 career games, Abdullah accumulated 327 carries for 1,251–yards and six rushing touchdowns for the Lions.
Meanwhile, Ellington brings some NFL experience. He has been in the league for five years — including three games for the Texans this season. In his career, he has 56 receptions with 637–yards and five touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound slot receiver was originally drafted 106th overall out of South Carolina in 2014 by the San Francisco 49ers.
(This article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)