Lions Worried Jahvid Best’s Career Could be Over?
News broke out over the weekend that Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best, who the team drafted 30th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, may never play football again. Per multiple reports (which began with Anwar Richardson of mlive.com here), there are many members of the organization that believe Best’s short-lived career is over.
The injury that had Best sidelined for the remainder of the 2011 season was a concussion sustained against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6. He didn’t play another snap since leaving that game and was placed on injured reserve. Best has now suffered at least three concussions in his college and professional football career, with two of them coming this past season. He has previously said that he will definitely be playing come next season.
Due to the NFL’s new rules on concussions, a doctor must clear Best before being allowed to play again. The rumor that his career may be over speculates that he may have already seen a doctor and has been told he can’t play, or that the Lions don’t have confidence that a doctor will clear him to play due to his past concussion history.
The Lions have reportedly began talking to running backs at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, and that they may be taking one in this year’s NFL Draft to replace Best.