Lions running back Jahvid Best’s long, slow comeback from the concussion that cost him most of 2011 is almost at the finish line.
He took part in Organized Team Activities and minicamp, his first on-field work since the Week Six injury and hasn’t had any medical setbacks. Best looked good enough to draw praise from General Manager Martin Mayhew, which means that the last hurdle left is clearance for full contact. Best expects that to come before training camp, but he’s already drawn the curtain on the rehab stage of things. In an interview with WDFN Radio, via SportsRadioInterviews.com, Best said that he’s “all about getting back to work” and that he’s not thinking about what might happen if he were to suffer another concussion.
“I’m a guy who left college early, so I always decided when the game’s over, or before the game’s over, I’m gonna go back to school and figure out what I’m gonna do from then on,” Best said. “As far as it being a big thought process for me, it’s not even on my mind right now.”
If Best is able to bounce all the way back, it will give the Lions offense another piece to a puzzle that will be hard for defenses to solve. His concussion history probably mandates a limited role, 10 or so snaps a game, but Best’s speed gives him a chance to make an impact in limited time.
If a return to contact brings a return to the sideline, though, Best’s future will be on everybody’s mind.