The Detroit Lions have made a change at running back.
The Lions cut running back Stevan Ridley, the team announced on Twitter Thursday morning.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 25, 2016
The Lions signed Ridley in April to add depth to a running back group that didn’t feature much behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.
Ridley dealt with an unknown injury during the offseason and had lost ground on the depth chart to second-year pro Zach Zenner and third-year tailback George Winn. Ridley had played in only 26 snaps during Detroit’s first two preseason contests.
The former New England Patriots tailback tore his ACL in 2014 and was picked up by the New York Jets in 2015. Ridley appeared in eight games, but had only 36 carries.
Detroit’s tailback depth chart is one of the most muddled situations in the league. Abdullah was decent during his rookie season, rushing for 597 yards and catching 25 passes. But it’s uncertain whether he can develop into a true featured back.
Riddick serves mainly as a pass catcher. He hauled in 80 passes last season for 697 yards and three receiving touchdowns while only carrying the ball 43 times during his third professional season.