According to Anwar Richardson of MLive.com Detroit Lions running back, Jahvid Best, has still not been cleared for contact nearly 9 months after suffering his last concussion.
This does not mean he is still suffering from his concussion, as reports do indicate that Best has been working out normally, however the Lions may be taking their time with the seemingly fragile but skilled running back.
Provided that Best can work out fully, minus the hitting, the first few weeks of training camp, then then Lions shouldn’t be too concerned.
Best was a risk when drafted out of Cal in 2010 but the Lions felt that at that spot the reward was worth the chances he gets hurt. When healthy Best has proven to be an exciting back that has the ability to take the ball to the end zone on any play. The problem has been keeping him on the field.
With turf toe holding him back in his rookie season and the concussion that ended his season after 6 quality games, using him in a mix with Mikel Leshoure and Kevin Smith should alleviate the stress on him and allow him to be more explosive when on the field.
Look for Best to practice normally during the first few weeks of training camp and to be cleared for contact before the second preseason game to get him in the mix and used to being hit again.
Don’t expect him to miss much time this upcoming season as he will only be expected to touch the ball 10-15 times a game max, but be able to generate 100+ yards of offense rushing and receiving per game.
With the other backs in the mix the Lions running game should be much better and effective this year and will help out the offensive line and also make sure Matthew Stafford can play all 16 games again and continue his great play.
Oh yeah, and Calvin Johnson will dominate no matter what.