Report: Lions Waive Abdullah, Sign WR Bruce Ellington

Detroit has moved on from its 2015 second-round pick. 

Will Burchfield
November 06, 2018 - 2:28 pm

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In a move that was many months in the making, the Lions waived Ameer Abdullah on Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport. 

To replace Abdullah, the Lions signed wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who worked out for the team with Brandon Marshall earlier this week

Abdullah, Detroit's second-round pick in the 2015 draft, was phased out of the picture this offseason when the team signed LeGarrette Blount and then drafted Kerryon Johnson. He was active for just three games this season, getting most of his work on special teams. 

He committed a costly fumble on a kickoff return in a Week 8 loss to the Seahawks, the last game for which he was active. Ball security was an issue for him during his time in Detroit. 

According to Rapoport, the Lions tried to move Abdullah before last week's trade deadline, "but nothing came to fruition." Hence their decision to simply move on. 

His contract was set to expire at the end of this season. 

Ellington, a four-yet vet formerly with the Texans, figures to be a replacement in the slot for Golden Tate. He caught eight passes for 92 yards and a touchdown in three games this season with Houston. He also has significant experience returning kicks and punts dating back to the first two years of his career with the 49ers. 

The Lions also waived wide receiver Andy Jones on Monday, so they still have an open spot on their 53-man roster.