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Jim Schwartz: Jahvid Best is back at work, not limited

Lions running back Jahvid Best celebrates 88 yard touchdown run against Chicago Bears in third quarter of NFL football game in Detroit Reuters

When Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew said last week that he hadn’t seen running back Jahvid Best during the team’s voluntary workouts, there were concerns raised that Best is still being held back by the concussions he suffered last season. But Lions coach Jim Schwartz says that’s not the case.

Instead, Schwartz told the Detroit Free Press today, Best is a full participant in workouts, and the only reason Mayhew hasn’t seen him is that all the Lions’ executives and coaches, except the strength and conditioning coaches, are focused completely on draft preparation.

“He’s doing the same things everybody else is doing,” Schwartz said of Best. “We’re not practicing, but the coaches and everybody else, we’ve [been] in draft meetings. Martin’s been in draft meetings the last week. So everybody made a big deal about, ‘Oh, he hadn’t seen him.’ Well, that’s because players are working out and everybody else is getting ready for the draft. But [Best is] working.”

Best entered the NFL with concerns about his history of concussions, and he suffered two concussions last season. But the Lions have expressed cautious optimism that he’ll be good to go this year.

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22 Responses to “Jim Schwartz: Jahvid Best is back at work, not limited”
  1. malekmj says: Apr 22, 2012 2:36 PM

    Lets just be clear. The Lions Offense is going to put up some serious points this year. Add some talent in the draft…..and its going to be scary. Stafford for 5000 yards and a running game?

  2. lolb23 says: Apr 22, 2012 2:57 PM

    When they get a RB Stafford won’t need to throw for 5k yards.

  3. bdshaffer20 says: Apr 22, 2012 2:59 PM

    GREATEST SHOW ON TURF.

  4. blacknole08 says: Apr 22, 2012 3:23 PM

    Good luck to him. Seems like a very likable guy off the field too. He is a beast when he’s at 100 percent.

  5. cali49er707 says: Apr 22, 2012 4:11 PM

    who cares what gym shorts says or thinks!!!! i wonder if his hand still hurts???

  6. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 22, 2012 4:37 PM

    Exciting player to watch, no doubt. With Leshoure in trouble with the law and Best’s history of concussions… I would draft a top flight RB in the draft.

  7. ocdn says: Apr 22, 2012 4:48 PM

    I hope Best can come and play. His health is the most important issue and I’m still not sure he won’t have this happen again. He adds another dimension to this already exciting offense.

  8. butkus54 says: Apr 22, 2012 5:36 PM

    exciting to watch … hope Jahvid can come back and play, but be smart enough to walk away if he should suffer another concussion.
    Given his history and and the odds being stacked against him the Lions might be forced to sign a veteran free agent back or use a mid round pick in the draft to get one.

  9. Soulman45 says: Apr 22, 2012 5:39 PM

    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS
    15-1 (that what everybody is saying)
    If he can stay on the fields it would be great.
    The change he will be hurt is big a running back is a future pick.

  10. zappa69 says: Apr 22, 2012 6:34 PM

    Lions need to draft an every down RB. Best cannot be relied on if the Lions have plans to go deep in the playoffs. Fact!

  11. txxxchief says: Apr 22, 2012 6:42 PM

    His bell has been rung too many times. If I were the NFL I’d never let him play another down for his own protection.

  12. 4evrnyt says: Apr 22, 2012 7:38 PM

    This guy gets a concussion when he puts too tight of a hat on.

    Good luck playing rb in the NFL when you get knocked out each time you take a decent hit to the noggin.

  13. rockbottom37 says: Apr 22, 2012 7:49 PM

    Love how 49er fans talk about the handshake …when it was harbaugh running away like a chicken

  14. beretta96d says: Apr 22, 2012 8:21 PM

    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS
    15-1 (that what everybody is saying)
    If he can stay on the fields it would be great.
    The change he will be hurt is big a running back is a future pick.

    Hey Yoda, try it in english next time please!

  15. jimmylions says: Apr 22, 2012 8:26 PM

    I like the way Schwartz stands up for his guys. That’s why the Lions are winners.

  16. detroitcityryda says: Apr 22, 2012 8:49 PM

    @cali49er if you don’t care then you don’t need to read the article ,back to your gay fiesta with sharpie shirt in San Fran .

  17. cali49er707 says: Apr 22, 2012 9:58 PM

    detroitcityryda says:
    Apr 22, 2012 8:49 PM
    @cali49er if you don’t care then you don’t need to read the article ,back to your gay fiesta with sharpie shirt in San Fran .

    look at you running to the defense of your coach like he some family member or pays your bills, and you question my sexual prefrence??? & i would love to show your mom- girlfriend-wife exactly how gay we are out here buddy, i could show her all kinds of things i can do with my sharpie & she can take home the shirt back to you as a souvenir!!

  18. pigskinpimp says: Apr 22, 2012 10:40 PM

    I take complete responsibility for the Javhid Best injury. I bought his jersey and he’s played one quarter since. It’s my fault.

  19. chachanola says: Apr 23, 2012 12:08 PM

    So his going to join the player lawsuit now… or just wait til his career is done later on down the line?

  20. honolulubluekoolaid says: Apr 24, 2012 5:47 AM

    Another Week,
    Another MDS story about Best and concussions.
    So predictable!

  21. detroitlionsnfl says: Apr 24, 2012 11:30 AM

    Best is a DYNAMIC player, I really hope his health holds up… GO DETROIT LIONS!!! #1 Fan here!

  22. cmutimmah says: Apr 25, 2012 8:31 AM

    Sounds like mis-direction…

    they will draft a RB in the 4th round. Bank on it.

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