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Versatile RB/KR Ameer Abdullah Returning to Vikings


EAGAN, Minn. — Ameer Abdullah's versatility is staying in Purple.

The Vikings announced on Friday that they have re-signed the running back and kick returner, who has played 23 games with Minnesota over the past two seasons.

Abdullah was the Vikings primary kickoff returner in 2019, as he handled 13 returns for 325 yards, good for an average of 25.0 yards per return. His longest return was 38 yards.

The 26-year-old also chipped in offensively with 23 carries for 115 yards (5.0 yards per carry), and had 15 receptions for 88 yards and a score.

Abdullah's lone touchdown on the season came on a 16-yard pass from Kirk Cousins in Week 9 against Kansas City.

The former Nebraska standout is also actively involved in the Twin Cities and has a passion for helping underprivileged and underrepresented youth.

Abdullah, who is on the Vikings Social Justice Committee, wore cleats to support the Black Youth Project, which aims to empower young African Americans, during the NFL's My Cause My Cleats initiative.


Abdullah was a second-round selection by the Lions, who tabbed him with the 54th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

He has 350 career carries for 1,366 yards [3.9 yards per carry] with six rushing touchdowns. He also has 73 career catches for 518 yards and four scores.

Abdullah has averaged 27.0 yards on 72 career kickoff returns to total 3,830 return yards.

He remains in a running backs room that features Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison along with Mike Boone and fullback C.J. Ham.

Abdullah played four career games against Minnesota before joining the Vikings midway through the 2018 season.

He had 40 career carries for 160 yards and a touchdown against Minnesota. Abdullah also had six career kickoff returns for 163 yards (27.2 per attempt) against the Vikings.