The biggest question about Jahvid Best coming out of college was whether he could stay healthy in the NFL after an injury-plagued career at Cal. So after he struggled through an injury-plagued rookie season with the Lions, that could be a concern in Detroit.
But Lions head coach Jim Schwartz says he’s not concerned at all about the turf toe injuries that slowed Best down last year.
“Whatever we need him to do, he can do it,” Schwartz said, per the Detroit Free Press. “Obviously, his toes didn’t allow him to be able to do that for about eight or nine games in the middle of the season, and obviously he wasn’t the player that he can be and that he is.”
In the first two games of the season, Best totaled 98 rushing yards, 170 receiving yards and five touchdowns. But he suffered his first toe injury in Week 3, and he wasn’t the same player the rest of the year.
Schwartz, however, seems to think the Lions can expect the healthy version of Best for 16 games in 2011. If there are 16 games in 2011.