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Jahvid Best is done thinking about concussions


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, 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.

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23 Responses to “Jahvid Best is done thinking about concussions”
  1. nflofficeadmin says: Jun 18, 2012 2:05 PM

    Someone step in and save this young man from himself.

  2. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 18, 2012 2:10 PM

    He’s had so many concussions, he isn’t thinking about much of anything.

  3. 12strikes says: Jun 18, 2012 2:21 PM

    “Jahvid Best is done thinking about concussions”

    Sure you don’t mean.

    “Jahvid Best is done thinking because of concussions”?

  4. pacificnw7722 says: Jun 18, 2012 2:24 PM

    “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.”

    Love to watch this kid run with the rock. Damn the torpedo’s… FULL STEAM AHEAD!

  5. specialteamsposter says: Jun 18, 2012 2:40 PM

    “For unknown reasons, having had one concussion significantly increases a person’s risk of having another. Having previously sustained a sports concussion has been found to be a strong factor increasing the likelihood of a concussion in the future.”

    Somebody send Jahvid Best a link to Wikipedia. Just because you are done thinking about it, does not mean that the increased risk is not there.

  6. sparty0n says: Jun 18, 2012 2:49 PM

    Jahvid Best is done thinking about concussions, because, well, he’s basically done thinking…

    So, here’s a question, with all the lawsuits, how does the NFL handle this situation? Where does their liability end? How do they show concern for the player, yet not over-step? It seems the current players want to go on despite the risks, and the older players now question if its really worth it. This one is tricky.

  7. adderalljack says: Jun 18, 2012 2:58 PM

    Just a matter of “when”… great kid, too. Sad.

  8. ocdn says: Jun 18, 2012 2:58 PM

    I hope he does the right things for the right reasons

  9. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 18, 2012 3:05 PM

    He’s going to do what all these other guys that are now suing the league did: get back out there and play and keep your job and make your big paycheck.

  10. noeffinway says: Jun 18, 2012 3:12 PM

    This kid knows the risks. They have been explained over and over to him. He has talked with the important people in his life about this. And then he has made an educated decision to keep playing football. Is he foolish? Who can say. But, we do know that he is doing what he wants to do for his own reasons. I wish him well!

  11. thedano says: Jun 18, 2012 3:15 PM

    Boy oh boy, everyone always lines up to tell Jahvid Best to hang em up…..or for someone to “protect him against himself.”

    If he wants to play football, that’s his right. He has an amazing talent. It’s easy for us to say, sitting on a couch, to just stop playing and start flipping burgers. My guess is the majority of folks would have a hard time walking away from it…..and the money.

    A lot of folks live without worrying how it’s going to affect them at age 50. Smoke, drink, eat fast food, etc etc. If he’s made the choice to keep playing, let’s support that. It’s his head.

  12. funktron2x says: Jun 18, 2012 3:17 PM

    It’s the player’s choice whether he wants to take the risk. Plain and simple.

  13. achamarro1 says: Jun 18, 2012 3:33 PM

    He has had 3 concussions his whole life. Somebody will try and say 4 but one wasnt diagnosed as a concussion. So to say he has a a bunch of concussions is wrong. If mikel leshoure is the mikel from college he will be the main back getting tbe load of hard runs leaving jahvid as a recievng option out of the backfield and wide sweeps to utilize his explosive speed. Go Leos

  14. dino2997 says: Jun 18, 2012 3:34 PM

    Jahvid Best is done thinking about concussions…..until he’s retired and it’s time to sue the NFL.

  15. ernie ernie says: Jun 18, 2012 3:34 PM

    Best is a great example of why the concussion story is so weak. There is not one, not one player who had a concussion and stopped playing.

    They all blew it off like Best is doing for the almighty buck and too me should now pay the price back for their greed.

    If you don’t want concussions, then find another sport cause this one is loaded with them. But don’t bitch about it 30 years later when the laywers are lined up at the watering hole.

  16. mazenblue says: Jun 18, 2012 3:40 PM

    ” Jahvid Best is done thinking about concussions”

    Because he can’t remember or what? J/k!!

  17. purpleguy says: Jun 18, 2012 3:56 PM

    I honestly hope the kid has a long productive career even though he’s playing with fire. The problem is that he’d better not be standing at the courthouse door 20 years from now threatening litigation because the NFL didn’t protect him. I can’t recall any player in the history of the NFL sustaining a concussion during non-contact OTA’s.

  18. ike1973 says: Jun 18, 2012 4:05 PM

    By most of your logic then Erin Rogers should retire too. Can’t risk another concussion.

  19. chazzmon says: Jun 18, 2012 4:09 PM

    The NFL ought to make this guy sign a waiver. He may have had only 3 concussions but that one at Oregon was real bad. Great talent with a tough choice.

  20. beedubyatoo says: Jun 18, 2012 4:13 PM

    Good thing the Lions have Mikal LeShore.

    At least, that is, they will have him after he’s through serving the suspension he’s likely to receive.

    The bright side is that it is proven that swallowing marijuana doesn’t cause concuissions.

  21. cbell618 says: Jun 18, 2012 6:56 PM

    As a huge Lions fan, I feel bad for saying this but he’ll be forced into retirement before the year is over.

  22. staffordsyear says: Jun 18, 2012 10:18 PM

    Got my fingers crossed that jahvid can stay healthy and help this team win.

  23. dfwprosports says: Jun 19, 2012 12:09 AM

    “His concussion history probably mandates a limited role, 10 or so snaps a game.”
    Touches and snaps are not the same thing. Come on Josh.

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