Jahvid Best heads to PUP list as Lions drop to 74 players

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The Lions made a move that we’ve been anticipating for a while when they placed running back Jahvid Best on the physically-unable-to-perform list on Monday.

Best has not played or practiced since suffering a concussion in Week Six last season and still awaits medical clearance to resume his football career even though Best says he’s been symptom-free for nine months. This move gives him until after the Lions’ game against the Bears on Oct. 22 to get cleared because he won’t be eligible to practice or play until then.

In addition to the previously reported cuts, the Lions also placed cornerback Chris Greenwood on the PUP list and placed offensive linemen Jonathan Scott and Bill Nagy on injured reserve. Nagy was claimed from the Cowboys with the knowledge that ankle surgery would keep him off the field this season.

The Lions also released wide receiver Dominique Curry and wide receiver Isaac Madison, leaving them with 74 players. That gives them space for cornerback Kevin Barnes, who is reportedly on his way to the Lions after a trade with the Redskins.

15 responses to “Jahvid Best heads to PUP list as Lions drop to 74 players

  1. If he’s not ready at week seven, it’s time for an injury settlement and retirement announcement.

    Lions will miss his explosiveness but you can’t mess up your brain for a game.

  2. This is silly. He should sign a waiver saying he is fully aware of the long-term effects of concussions, the decision to continue playing is solely his, and he forfeits all rights to sue the team or NFL in the future should any aftereffects manifest. Then let the guy on the field to do his thing.

  3. Those fans that want a player to continue playing with an injury that could possible harm him permanently just because it helps the team is sick.

  4. thekiy says:
    Aug 27, 2012 4:30 PM
    If he’s not ready at week seven, it’s time for an injury settlement and retirement announcement.

    Lions will miss his explosiveness but you can’t mess up your brain for a game.

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    How is it any different than someone choosing to partake in dangerous pasttimes like mountain climbing, skydiving, etc.? If he hasnt had symptoms in 9 months (!) and if he wants to play he should be allowed. He knows the possible damage that could be done, but if guys want to do it anyway they should be allowed. Give him a waiver to sign and lets get rolling. The players need to be FULLY informed on what can happen but it should be their choice to proceed or not.

  5. 9 months with no symptoms? And he still isnt cleared? Who is his doctor? Bill nye the science guy?

  6. Patriot42 says:
    Aug 27, 2012 4:51 PM
    Those fans that want a player to continue playing with an injury that could possible harm him permanently just because it helps the team is sick.

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    I would rather not see him get hurt further, but he is a grown man and it should be his decision and his alone. Personally, I think the only way the NFL should have any say-so whatsoever would be for Detroit to cut him for his own safety and the rest of the teams passing on him as well for the same reason. This way, it’s not exactly like someone telling him “You can no longer play”, but “you can still play, just not for our team”. A waiver is in order should he decide to continue playing. Just another nobody’s opinion…

  7. This guy clearly has medical problems or else the team would have cleared him.

    The Detroit Lions want him back on the field as much as anyone.

    Like the Packers and Nick Collins, the Lions are right to put the safety and health of the player first.

  8. why arent these concussion prone players required to wear a padded helmet or some version of the old buffalo bill kelso shell he wore on his head instead of making guys sit out longer which really does nothing but delay another concussion since they are going back to the same conditions they got the previous ones from

  9. It would be nice to know some details about Best’s treatment and rehab, and how they measure whether he’s ready to play.

    I hope he’s using the same doc that helped Sydney Crosby.

  10. steelers4385 says:Aug 27, 2012 5:11 PM

    9 months with no symptoms? And he still isnt cleared? Who is his doctor? Bill nye the science guy?
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    And your medical degree is from where again, steelers4385?

  11. My grandmother promised all of us she would smoke until she died. She knew the risks and that it could kill her. She chose to take that risk thinking that the alternative wasn’t attractive.

    Football is what he knows. It’s his passion – his life. All he’s worked for. The athlete wants to compete. You take that away from a man and you gotta ask “what’s left?” Coaching? Selling insurance?

    I’m not gonna judge him or his decision, but if he returns and takes the risk, I’ll understand.

  12. He had 3 within weeks in college and 2 years later he had his last… from what i can gather on the web. He still had symptoms when he had his last. I don’t get how Austin Collie has 4 in 2 years and can play a few weeks after his last. What’s that all about?

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