Lions Hope Jahvid Best Will Return for Week 7

Jahvid Best soon will find out when he can return

10/9/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

June 12, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best (44) during mini camp at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIREIn the NFL, some players sustain a concussion and miss a few days of practice, while other sustain a concussion and miss a full year of football. Unfortunately for the Lions, running back Jahvid Best is of the latter variety. However, Best is set to undergo a battery of concussion tests with a combination of local and national specialists, and if they all give their approval for Best to take the field, he could be activated off the PUP list and see action in Week 7 against the Bears on Monday Night Football.

Best claims that he's in the best physical condition of his career, and the Lions are eager to get a dynamic backfield option out on the field. The Lions were quick to bury Kevin Smith on the bench when Mikel Leshoure returned from suspension, and after Leshoure's most recent performance - 13 carries for 26 yards against the Vikings - they're crossing their fingers for Best to be cleared for action.

Best played great last season before sustaining his concussion in Week 6 against the 49ers. Through the first five games of the season, he averaged 71 yards per game on 4.9 yards per carry, along with 4.2 catches for 43 yards. Now returning to a backfield that likes to pound Leshoure between the tackles, Best will likely be used in a Darren Sproles type role, catching a lot of passes out of the backfield and taking delayed handoffs out of shotgun formations. If he's cleared to play, he should be picked up in all fantasy leagues.

The concern with Best's return is that, often times, players who suffer long lasting concussion symptoms tend to pick up concussions more easily in the future, and symptoms last longer on the following concussions. That is why the Lions are going to all lengths to make sure that Best is 100% recovered and showing not the faintest sign of a head injury.

If Best is able to return to action against the Bears in Week 7, it's worth noting that the last full game Best played was against the Bears, and he ran 12 times for 163 yards and a touchdown against them.
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10/9/12   |   foot6   |   1 respect

Here the thing. This young man really loves the sport but its time for him to look more at what is truly best for him in the future.  If NFL allows this young man to continue playing knowing the seriousness of his previous concussions then they will be sending a strong message that they don't care.  People are saying they are going to use him in a different manner then in the past.  A hit is a hit and for this young man it may be the last hit.  The guys he will be playing against have already played 6 games into this season and most played all last season.  I believe now that he's been out so long that he is even in a more dangerous situation. Its time to move on Lions, get a healthy back rather than destroy whats left of this young man. I'm sure he wants the money, but you are obligated to look after his safety. Hopefully the fans wont ever see in the NFL what happened to Mr. Best while in college.