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Signs still point to Jahvid Best starting year on PUP list

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Barring a setback, the Lions will get a chance to see running back Mikel Leshoure in game action on Saturday for the first time since drafting him.

“I’m really excited for him,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “It’s been a long road to get on the field and we’ll see how much he plays and how much work he gets, but I think everybody’s excited and nobody more than him to get out there.”

Regardless of how well Leshoure’s Achilles and hamstring hold up to playing against the Raiders, the Lions won’t have him in the lineup during the first two weeks thanks to a suspension. And it continues to look like they won’t have Jahvid Best available either.

The Lions say they haven’t made any decisions about Best’s status in regard to the physically-unable-to-perform list, but it sounds like they aren’t far away from making good on last week’s report that Best will start the year on that list. Coach Jim Schwartz said Thursday that Best is working hard and doing great with rehab, although he admitted that the only route to full clearance for Best at this point might be time.

“Particularly with concussions, time is always beneficial,” Schwartz said. “We’ve seen that with a lot of other guys that have come back and that would buy us time if we had to cross that hurdle.”

Given how long it has been since Best’s concussion last October, it would be quite a surprise to see them use one of their 53 roster spots on the running back if he hasn’t been given the green light for contact by cutdown day. That isn’t too far off and that’s why we still expect to see Best on the PUP list come the start of the regular season.

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13 Responses to “Signs still point to Jahvid Best starting year on PUP list”
  1. hyzers says: Aug 23, 2012 3:28 PM

    That’s fine. He’ll be back just in time to thrash the Bears on MNF again just like last year!

  2. kattykathy says: Aug 23, 2012 3:32 PM

    It’s been almost a year since his last concussion and he STILL can’t play?
    Then I think it’s best to never play again. I mean health comes first, and it’s clear that you have serious health problems if you can’t bounce back from a cuncussion after a year.

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Aug 23, 2012 3:36 PM

    Was it the part that he hasn’t been cleared in a year that gave it away?

  4. mintberrycrunch1 says: Aug 23, 2012 3:36 PM

    He probably could play right now, but the NFL is being super careful with him ala Sidney Crosby, who was kept out a whole year.

  5. terraj35 says: Aug 23, 2012 3:40 PM

    Kevin Smith will end up being the starting RB by week 5 when Leshoure gets hurt again and Jahvid is finally point on the IR. Sadly, that’s not even a bold prediction.

  6. punkyqb says: Aug 23, 2012 3:44 PM

    hyzers says: Aug 23, 2012 3:28 PM

    That’s fine. He’ll be back just in time to thrash the Bears on MNF again just like last year!
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    The only reason the Lions made it to playoffs last year was because Cutler broke his thumb, otherwise the Lions would have been watching from home like the last 20 years. Good luck with your china doll qb and your player suspensions. LOL

  7. dawgsafety13 says: Aug 23, 2012 4:24 PM

    punkyqb says:Aug 23, 2012 3:44 PM

    hyzers says: Aug 23, 2012 3:28 PM

    That’s fine. He’ll be back just in time to thrash the Bears on MNF again just like last year!
    ____________________________________
    The only reason the Lions made it to playoffs last year was because Cutler broke his thumb, otherwise the Lions would have been watching from home like the last 20 years. Good luck with your china doll qb and your player suspensions. LOL
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    A fine display of intelligence, sir! Blame your seasons downfall on a QB injury and then call the oppositions QB a china doll in the same breath. You sound like a Lion fan with all those excuses. How’s Urlacher’s knee BTW? Is that going to be your excuse this year?

    There isn’t a sane person alive who would take Jay Cutler over Matthew Stafford. Neither have won anything but, one has had about 6 more chances. How many 5k seasons for Cutler? Stafford is 1 for 1.

  8. abqpacker says: Aug 23, 2012 4:27 PM

    This guy had concussions in college, and some teams took him off of their draft board because of that. The Lions gambled and seem likely to lose.

  9. oimakkamio says: Aug 23, 2012 4:34 PM

    The only reason the Lions made it to playoffs last year was because Cutler broke his thumb, otherwise the Lions would have been watching from home like the last 20 years. Good luck with your china doll qb and your player suspensions. LOL

    This might be the dumbest post ever. read it again slappy. you say how lions got lucky cause cutler broke his thumb…and then you repeat some nonsense about a china doll qb…in fairness our QB played all 16 games last year…yours hasn’t in 2 years. and with that make shift offensive line that makes the Lions line looks like it could be a long year for Cutler. just saying

  10. lks311 says: Aug 23, 2012 5:23 PM

    First, I agree with other poster—it appears the Lions gambled on Best and lost. I’m not against the gamble, just that it came in the 1st Round. Lesson learned. I doubt this new brain trust does that again.

    Second, Bears Fans, once and for all—the Lions getting in the playoffs had nothing to do with you not making it. Detroit had clinched with 10 wins, with a chance to make it 11. That’s not backing in—10 is a legit number. And, no one knows how, clinching a spot affected a young team going to GB. Cutler played in both Lions games…which were split…so no advantage there. You lost a couple of winnable games because there was a huge fall-off from your 1st to 2nd QB. Not a Lions issue—that’s a Bears management issue. You were horrid at evaluating back-up QB talent. That’s why you have a new GM.

    Let it go. It was last season. Congratulate the Kitties and let’s move on to 2012.

  11. garrison1981 says: Aug 23, 2012 11:21 PM

    With all due respect to Best, if MJD is on trade block now the Lions should sue what they need to to get him! The first word to explain us with him that came to mind was…..UNSTOPABLE!!

  12. garrison1981 says: Aug 23, 2012 11:25 PM

    Cutler quit on team in Playoffs!!!! Cant teach heart and Stafford has it! Enough said!

  13. hgl25 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:01 AM

    And Brandon Marshall is the answer. Just like he was in Denver & Miami. He will be the problem that he has always been.

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