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Jahvid Best’s season is over

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The Lions can’t wait for Jahvid Best to get healthy any longer.

The Lions announced Friday that Best is headed to injured reserve.  Best played six games this year before suffering a serious concussion.

For a second straight season, Best struggled with injury.  He played through a painful turf toe injury for much of last year.

And for the second time in his football life going back to his college days, Best’s season has been cut short by a serious concussion. Best’s post-concussion symptoms were slow to go away. We can only hope the issue doesn’t cut short Best’s career.

Kevin Smith’s high ankle sprain on Thursday likely forced the Lions to make this move.

Detroit needs to add another running back until Smith is healthy. It’s telling that they expect Smith to come back and contribute, while they are comfortable ending Best’s season now despite his talents.

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25 Responses to “Jahvid Best’s season is over”
  1. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 25, 2011 3:08 PM

    Here’s hoping jahvid gets better and is smart and thinks about himself before football when next season comes along. He would be a nice change of pace back with leshoure taking the load of carries behind a revamped offensive line. I never thought he was a full-time back at his size.

  2. chaseutley says: Nov 25, 2011 3:08 PM

    Concussions. High ankle sprains. Brain tumors. The Lions can’t catch a break at running back. Not that he was ever a model of health, but does anybody think they give Clinton Portis a look?

  3. aceboogie57 says: Nov 25, 2011 3:09 PM

    Screw football, I hope the kid will be ok

  4. chocolatebaconbutter says: Nov 25, 2011 3:09 PM

    Sad. Kid has the chance to be a beast. I feel for him. Get better for next season Jahvid.

  5. vincentbojackson says: Nov 25, 2011 3:15 PM

    Tiki Barber is flabbergasted.

  6. tebowspeech says: Nov 25, 2011 3:15 PM

    It’s TIKI time!

  7. magnusantonius says: Nov 25, 2011 3:15 PM

    A shame. They should just cut him after the season. Our offense looked so much better with a running game. Smith is not the long term answer and Leshoure is an unknown to me too. We need a durable running back who has vision and speed.

  8. packfaninchitown says: Nov 25, 2011 3:15 PM

    That sucks, Best is a great player.

  9. sommerday says: Nov 25, 2011 3:17 PM

    I like Kevin Smith much better between the tackles than Best.
    Best is probably top-end faster in open space, but Smith is making it happen inside.
    Because of Best’s multiple concussions, I would mimic how New Orleans treated Reggie Bush -> open space offense only.

  10. ike1973 says: Nov 25, 2011 3:19 PM

    “The Lions announced Friday that Best is headed to injured injured.”

    I can only assume you mean injured reserve.

  11. bbeaman78 says: Nov 25, 2011 3:20 PM

    This was rumored since this happened, that he wasn’t right afterward. Just mad I dropped Maurice Morris in my fantasy league this week and Kevin Smith goes down.

    Lions are going to have to invest in a legit running back sometime. This reminds of a much poorer mans version of the Patriots.

    In the long run I hope this doesn’t end his career. He is a 3rd down back period and a returner. It’s proven that he can’t be an every down, 25 carry back.

  12. chatttty says: Nov 25, 2011 3:21 PM

    Suh is a dirty player!!….. oh wait i mean thats a shame best is a good player

  13. Soulman45 says: Nov 25, 2011 3:27 PM

    get well and see if you can come back.
    My 10-6 is looking like I am on the ropes but it still time to make the play off.

  14. itsmammoth says: Nov 25, 2011 3:32 PM

    Held on to him in fantasy all this time. No hard feelings Best. Who cares about football anyway when it comes to this… he seems like a really great guy, and I hope he gets better!

    Go Cowboys

  15. bhindenemylines says: Nov 25, 2011 3:34 PM

    Don’t worry, the Bills will cut Tashard Choice are this weekend and Detroit can pick him up.

    Three teams in three weeks…let’s see if he can make it 4 for 4.

  16. seanx40 says: Nov 25, 2011 3:40 PM

    I think that may be it for Best. If he has suffered two such serious concussions…it is time to go. It is not worth the risk anymore. Too bad however. If he and Lenshure had been healthy the Lions would have been fabulous this year. I am wondering who is left to bring in.

  17. dabeloved says: Nov 25, 2011 3:44 PM

    Do you writers proofread anything? “Injured injured”, absolutely ridiculous.

  18. theycallmejov says: Nov 25, 2011 3:46 PM

    Knowing he had a history of concussion problems, it probably wasn’t in his best interests to openly bash how he hates the Niners and he was a raider fan, a week before having to run into Navarro Bowman and Patrick Willis.

    All kidding aside, I hope he regains his health and becomes a great change of pace back ala Darren Sproles.

  19. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 25, 2011 3:56 PM

    chaseutley says: Nov 25, 2011 3:08 PM

    Concussions. High ankle sprains. Brain tumors. The Lions can’t catch a break at running back.

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  20. Steelerbear78 says: Nov 25, 2011 4:02 PM

    Tough break for the kid. Good person and good player. Hope he gets well soon.

  21. bspurloc says: Nov 25, 2011 4:06 PM

    .
    his career is over.

    he obviously has perma damage and to want to keep playing would be a stupid choice on his part

    but hey just ask aikman

  22. janvanflac says: Nov 25, 2011 4:15 PM

    I hope he retires. Just not worth it.

  23. vickspuppy says: Nov 25, 2011 4:50 PM

    R.I.P. to Detroit’s season. Not that Best’s placement on IR really changes things since he’s been out for weeks, but the whole combination of injuries, penalties, interceptions, and overall bad play have taken a 5-0 team to the brink of elimination from playoff contention. Bunch of pretenders they turned out to be.

    Detroit = Ghetto Cesspool

  24. jasino2009 says: Nov 25, 2011 6:35 PM

    First the curse of Bobby Layne, now the curse of Barry Sanders…

  25. contract says: Nov 25, 2011 10:28 PM

    Best would be wise to take his earnings to date and retire. Another significant brain injury might leave him drooling or worse.

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