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Jahvid Best suffers another concussion

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The post-game kerfuffle between Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz distracted everyone from the implications of Detroit’s first loss of the year.

The Lions now trail in the NFC North by a game and have a conference loss in the standings. More importantly, their dormant running game suffered another blow.

The team confirmed after the game that Jahvid Best suffered a concussion in the loss. Best also suffered a concussion in the preseason, and had a nasty one in college that forced him to miss a number of games.

The repeated nature of Best’s concussions should have the Lions proceeding cautiously.  It would surprise us if Best played this week against the Falcons.

The Lions are 25th in rushing yards on the year.  Maurice Morris is next up on the depth chart. The team also has Keiland Williams and Jerome Harrison on the roster.

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  1. ninernation49 says: Oct 17, 2011 10:54 AM

    Lion Fans! Glad you got a chance to meet our coach! He is an awe inspiring, fired up, gonna smack you in the mouth kinda guy. BTW where was MegaWHAT? Nice yardage, but no TD…..looks like our D did just fine. For all those Lion fans that said we hadn’t beat anyone good yet, how does it feel to meet a decent team yourselves. BTW told you all someone would come out hurt sorry Best, but RB’s don’t fair well with our D. See ya in December!

  2. Pick 256 says: Oct 17, 2011 10:55 AM

    The Lions should have found a better backup than Maurice Morris after LeShoure went down

  3. tatatoothy says: Oct 17, 2011 11:03 AM

    The number of concussions and head-related injuries are staggering and fast becoming pro sports largest epidemic.

    Three concussions in, what, 2 years?

    To think of what this could do to Jahvid Best 20 years from now (just in his early 40’s at that point) is scary.

  4. kingmj4891 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:08 AM

    He is not a between the tackles guy with our OLine and that is the problem with him. He should be used more as a WR/RB then RB. Detroit should try to pull off some sort of trade for a decent RB before the trade deadline tomorrow.

  5. AlanSaysYo says: Oct 17, 2011 11:14 AM

    With Gore on a bye next week and Best with a concussion, my fantasy team already has an L for Week 7.

  6. leofan1234 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:18 AM

    ninernation49 says:
    Oct 17, 2011 10:54 AM
    Lion Fans! Glad you got a chance to meet our coach! He is an awe inspiring, fired up, gonna smack you in the mouth kinda guy. BTW where was MegaWHAT? Nice yardage, but no TD…..looks like our D did just fine. For all those Lion fans that said we hadn’t beat anyone good yet, how does it feel to meet a decent team yourselves. BTW told you all someone would come out hurt sorry Best, but RB’s don’t fair well with our D. See ya in December!

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    quit repeating yourself. We heard you the first time. Your comment has nothing to do with the subject matter of the article.

  7. m2karateman says: Oct 17, 2011 11:18 AM

    @Pick256 – Morris was on this team before Best was drafted, let alone LeShoure. And by the way, last season Morris ran the ball quite effectively in the last four games (all wins) of the season. He’ll be fine. Unless the Lions plan on putting Best on IR, there’s no need to find another RB, unless they aren’t happy with Jerome Harrison.

    @ninernation49 – We’ve met your coach. Michigan? QB? Ring any bells? We have our own emotional coach, and he’s done a good job for us.
    As for the fans who said you hadn’t beaten anyone good yet, well they don’t represent all of us. By the way, people were saying the same thing about our team going into this game. Good, hard fought game. Here’s to hoping we meet in the playoffs.

  8. klunge says: Oct 17, 2011 11:23 AM

    @ninernation:
    I also had no idea until this matchup how arrogant and annoying Niner fans are. Coming out of the woodwork or from under rocks everywhere acting like you personally contributed to the team’s success. As ungracious in victory as you are absent in defeat.

    Niners played a solid game, brought the pressure, planned around Lions’ strengths to neutralize them successfully. Detroit did not do that well, Stafford was rattled, we couldn’t run, etc. We made good stops sometimes, but broke down when it counted most. It was a hard-fought game as anticipated, and the team that came in determined to win left with the victory, it’s that simple.

  9. stampede101 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:23 AM

    If Best hated the Niners before…he’s REALLY gonna hate them now.

  10. darthhitman says: Oct 17, 2011 11:23 AM

    ninernation49 says: Oct 17, 2011 10:54 AM

    Lion Fans! Glad you got a chance to meet our coach! He is an awe inspiring, fired up, gonna smack you in the mouth kinda guy. BTW where was MegaWHAT? Nice yardage, but no TD…..looks like our D did just fine. For all those Lion fans that said we hadn’t beat anyone good yet, how does it feel to meet a decent team yourselves. BTW told you all someone would come out hurt sorry Best, but RB’s don’t fair well with our D. See ya in December!
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    All the talk about Megatron and the record of most consecutive games with at least 2 TDs that he tied wasn’t even Jerry Rice’s record, it was Carter’s. Taking nothing away from the greatest WR [Rice] of all time, if Calvin’s a bum for not reaching the endzone then WHAT, exactly does that make Rice? Ya know, everyone saying Lions fans don’t know how to handle winning, I would expect a LITTLE more class after a win from a franchise with FIVE Lombardis.

  11. stanmackley says: Oct 17, 2011 11:25 AM

    @ninernation- counting them eggs already huh? well that always works out well, just ask the Rex and Rob Ryan.
    obviously the stellar performance of Alex Smith will hoist them into the playoffs. consistently throwing 14-28 170 yards, 0 td’s and 1-2 ints has superbowl written all over it.

  12. kmboyll says: Oct 17, 2011 11:29 AM

    does anyone else feel like the lions should just trade draft picks for Peyton Hillis?

  13. ahs2 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:34 AM

    This would represent the severing of the last strand of establishing any running game at all. Hint to DC’s- rush two!!!

  14. wingz101 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:35 AM

    Morris actually hits the holes better than Best, but he has zilch breakaway speed. Keiland Williams is the biggest back they have and I think he will see a boost in carries next week. They are just looking for 3-4 yards per carry at this point, not the big run. The problem yesterday was that Stafford was very ineffective, not just in the redzone, but between the 20’s also. The Lions were not able to replace the run game with the short passing game. The only time they got going, they got that ridiculous penalty on Pettigrew and a 1st and goal at the six ended up being a second and 25 at the 30.

  15. waxedagain says: Oct 17, 2011 11:40 AM

    It will be as difficult for the Lions to replace Best with a quality RB as it will be for me to do so in FF; nothing but crumbs on the waiver wire.

  16. usmutts says: Oct 17, 2011 11:46 AM

    Kieland Williams is a real player and a totally team-oriented guy. They should give some snaps. The more he plays the better he gets.

  17. juggernottt says: Oct 17, 2011 11:51 AM

    @ninernation as a 49er fan I really am happy that we are climbing out of the stank but we are not there yet…..but boy does it feel good to have a team that underachieves every week! Stop making us look like idiots haha

    dammmm, we are taking out RBs week after week! GL detroit and look forward to the rematch….I am surprised my boys were able keep Megatron out of endzone.

  18. marcsasharc says: Oct 17, 2011 11:53 AM

    Best said he hated the 49ers, how does he feel about them now?

    are the 9ers the bad boys of the NFC? they are not just winning, look at the injury reports, they are beating teams up weekly. add Best to the list. and their coach seems to be rubbing people the wrong way.

    also, the 49ers ran the ball right at, and past, Suh. the team ran for over 200 yards.

  19. nineroutsider says: Oct 17, 2011 11:56 AM

    It certainly hurts to play the Niners, as many RBs have found out this year. Detroit might be better off letting a bigger back carry the rock as they need to get some sort of running game going or Stafford will get killed.

    Lions fans are looking forward to that Turkey day tilt with the Packers, but they are going to tee off on Stafford if they don’t start at least pretending they can run.

  20. otis52gsh says: Oct 17, 2011 12:05 PM

    I hope this young man realizes the damage he is causing himself. Sit out some games and think about your future, before you can’t think anymore. It’s a game.

  21. jnks10 says: Oct 17, 2011 12:11 PM

    tatatoothy says:
    Oct 17, 2011 11:03 AM
    The number of concussions and head-related injuries are staggering and fast becoming pro sports largest epidemic.

    Three concussions in, what, 2 years?

    To think of what this could do to Jahvid Best 20 years from now (just in his early 40′s at that point) is scary.

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    You play the game and get paid 7 figure salary thats the risk you take. I imgine 20 years from now him being on a boat right next to his million dollar house retired and happy.

  22. fourthand20 says: Oct 17, 2011 12:12 PM

    Shaun Hill for Michael Bush. Win-Win.

  23. goodguyjohn says: Oct 17, 2011 12:21 PM

    Chandelier

  24. mrlynch33 says: Oct 17, 2011 12:25 PM

    Niners fan here…Ninersnation is making us look bad, there is no need to rub it in and yes our defense is nasty but nobody wants to see players get hurt.
    We didn’t really shut Megatron down he still had over 100 yds. Can’t blame Harbaugh for being amped up either 49ers were supposed to be sorry this year. The reason we won is because we got to Stafford and Suh was a non-factor.

  25. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 17, 2011 12:43 PM

    How does Maurice Morris jump Jerome Harrison on the depth chart?

  26. ninernation49 says: Oct 17, 2011 12:48 PM

    To everyone hating on my comments. It’s not about disrespecting your team. It’s about respresenting the Niners! In doing so I have talked about our D over and over which would also include the injuries they have caused in those games. What I was pointing out in my hit you in the mouth kind of coach is that he has brought that mentality to our defense. Our offense (excluding Gore) has lightyears to go, yet I have learned it is the mindset of the coach that will change a team to something special. Hate on it if you want thats fine, but ultimately the Niners are a tough team to stop and going into a bye week will only make them tougher coming out. Like I said when I posted my first message “see you in December” I would look forward to watching them Niners stomp all over you then too.

  27. freebird2011 says: Oct 17, 2011 1:09 PM

    Mo Morris is a strong runner between the tackles and, at 216 lbs, doesn’t go down easily. Not a gamebreaker like Best, but more of a “move the chains” type of guy. The Lions will be fine even if Best can’t play for awhile.

  28. dgforreal says: Oct 17, 2011 1:56 PM

    Niner fans and Harbaugh both need to learn how to “act like you’ve been there”.

    This is coming from a Niner fan.

  29. pete4mtx says: Oct 17, 2011 2:34 PM

    Feel bad for Best…should sit out n fuly recover…off topic here but i agree w/ninernation…weve been da.punching bag for way too long time for us to do da hitting i just hope we keep.da momentum n carry it thru JAN….GO NINERS

  30. packerfanfordecades says: Oct 17, 2011 3:00 PM

    Lions: don’t overlook the Falcons …. they played a very agressive game against us and it was a relief to win that one. If your runner Best is out …. that doesn’t make things easier.

    I’m guessing that at the close of next week’s games, the most likely scenario for the standings is going to be:

    Packers 7-0
    Lions 5-2

    To be honest, I was sort of hoping that the Thanksgiving Day contest would have both teams still undefeated ….. but ….. I’ll take the airspace in the standings.

  31. b20sanders says: Oct 17, 2011 3:03 PM

    Ill give the 9ers defense some credit, however, Stafford was missing receivers on quite a few passes…where the receiver should have been able to catch a decently thrown ball…seems to me the game was more about how bad detroit played than how good the 9ers are…

  32. jimmylions says: Oct 17, 2011 5:01 PM

    @ Packerfanfordecades:
    I can guarantee that no one in the Lions clubhouse is looking past this game. Before the season started, most people outside of the Lions clubhouse had decided that Atlanta winning this game was a forgone conclusion.

    Fortunately, the way the Lions have been shaping up this will actually be a game.

    As for Javid Best – this is an unfortunate injury for the Lions, but it would be kind of a-hole-ish to just frame in the context of the short term of an NFL season. He needs to look at the long term consequences these concussions could have on his health.

    It’s his life/his choices, but I definitely think Best needs to start making plans for ending his football career early. Maybe not this season, but he should plan to get out of the game sooner rather than later.

    I’d like it if Troy Aikman gave Javid Best a call. Aikman obviously knows a thing or two about concussions. He might be best qualified person to talk to Best player-to-player, and provide Best with candid/honest information and advice.

  33. bobhk says: Oct 18, 2011 12:50 AM

    b20sanders says:
    Oct 17, 2011 3:03 PM
    Ill give the 9ers defense some credit, however, Stafford was missing receivers on quite a few passes…where the receiver should have been able to catch a decently thrown ball…seems to me the game was more about how bad detroit played than how good the 9ers are…

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    You might be the biggest sorest loser in the world. Instead of being gracious you are making excuses. The FACT is that the lions LOST to the niners. Fact is that even though megatron got his yards he was shut out of the end zone (where it counts) for the first time this year. Fact is they shut up Best and Suh, the guys who talked smack. Fact is that the best player that day was Gore.

    So stick it. While I’m at it let me tell you that pretty soon lions will be losing to the packers as well.

  34. leofan1234 says: Oct 18, 2011 9:13 AM

    pete4mtx says:
    Oct 17, 2011 2:34 PM
    Feel bad for Best…should sit out n fuly recover…off topic here but i agree w/ninernation…weve been da.punching bag for way too long time for us to do da hitting i just hope we keep.da momentum n carry it thru JAN….GO NINERS

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    You think you’ve been a punching bag!?!? Try being a Lions fan, LOL! We have been the joke of the league for years! I am excited that we are finally being competitive. The Niners won. A win is a win. Congrats on a good season so far!

  35. readysethike says: Oct 18, 2011 5:39 PM

    i told yall when he suffered a concussion in preseason that he ought to reconsider playing football everyone criticized me, this guy just ain’t built for the NFL

  36. theysone says: Oct 18, 2011 11:00 PM

    It looked like Best suffered the concussion when he was tackled at the 6 yard line with just over 12 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter. His head hit the turf pretty hard on the tackle, and he stayed on the ground for a bit, and seemed a bit dazed.

    He came back into the game (albeit sparingly) after that play. If Mike Vick’s “dirt in the face” concussion is to be investigated, so should Best’s.

  37. fbg12 says: Oct 22, 2011 12:25 AM

    ninernation49 says: Oct 17, 2011 12:48 PM
    To everyone hating on my comments. It’s not about disrespecting your team. It’s about respresenting the Niners! In doing so I have talked about our D over and over which would also include the injuries they have caused in those games. What I was pointing out in my hit you in the mouth kind of coach is that he has brought that mentality to our defense. Our offense (excluding Gore) has lightyears to go, yet I have learned it is the mindset of the coach that will change a team to something special. Hate on it if you want thats fine, but ultimately the Niners are a tough team to stop and going into a bye week will only make them tougher coming out. Like I said when I posted my first message “see you in December” I would look forward to watching them Niners stomp all over you then too.
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    Oh my God! Just shut up! Nobody cares what you have to say! Go represent the niners on their page.

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