Jahvid Best missed the final 10 games of the regular season after suffering a concussion, but still led the team with 390 rushing yards.
That tells you Detroit was never able to fully replace his presence in the lineup, something that Best says won’t be a problem next year. Best told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he’s no longer bothered by concussion symptoms and that he will “definitely” be back on the field next season. With Mikel Leshoure, who missed his entire rookie season with an Achilles injury, the Lions should be better on the ground next year.
Recovering from this concussion is only part of the problem for Best. He has a history of concussions dating back to his college days and struggled with other injuries as a rookie. For his part, Best says he isn’t worried about any more concussion issues in the future.
“Other people probably are, but I’m not,” Best said.
With Best and Leshoure coming off injuries, the Lions will probably look to shore up the running back position before next season. Kevin Smith and Maurice Morris are both free agents who could return or the team could look elsewhere to make sure that their offense isn’t hindered by losses in the backfield next season.