General Manager Martin Mayhew cleared things up during a radio interview, passed along by Tim Twentymen of the Lions’ website. Mayhew said that the expectation is that doctors will clear Best for contact in June. Mayhew explained why the timetable has been set up that way.
“Those doctors felt like it just made sense to do that in June,” Mayhew said. “It gives him the most time. We are not doing anything that involves any contact and he’s been cleared to do everything that we’re doing right now and he’ll be officially cleared for contact in June.”
The Lions didn’t select a back in the draft despite the questions about the health of Best and Mikel Leshoure, who is attempting to come back from an Achilles injury. They also have Kevin Smith, Joique Bell, Keiland Williams and undrafted rookie Stephfon Green at running back.
Best was limited to six games by a pair of concussions last season and had concussion issues while at Cal. Best’s history, along with those of other players with several head injuries, likely contributed to Stanford wide receiver Chris Owusu going undrafted after suffering multiple concussions in college.