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

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.

22 responses to “Jim Schwartz: Jahvid Best is back at work, not limited

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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!!

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