Vikings add RB depth, re-sign Ameer Abdullah

After losing Latavius Murray to New Orleans in free agency last week, the Minnesota Vikings re-signed Ameer Abdullah on Monday afternoon to bolster their depth at running back.

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Minnesota originally signed Abdullah midseason Nov. 7, just one day after he was waived by Detroit.

“It’s amazing; it’s exactly what I wanted heading into this process,” Abdullah said in a statement. “I was hoping that Minnesota was going to bring me back. It was exactly what I wanted. Coach KP (running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu), he was excited to hear that I decided to come back, so everything is falling right into place. I’m glad to be back with a great team and a great organization.”

In seven games with the Vikings, Abdullah was on the field for all of six offensive snaps. He tallied one catch for 10 yards on two targets.

Abdullah did carve out a role as a kick returner, however, taking back 10 kickoffs for 258 yards (25.8 average). His longest return went for 33 yards.

Selected in the second round by Detroit in 2015, Abdullah has 1,251 rushing yards, 430 receiving yards and nine total touchdowns on his resume.

Abdullah re-joins starter Dalvin Cook and second-year players Mike Boone and Roc Thomas in the Vikings’ running backs room.