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With tests coming this week, Lions hoping Jahvid Best will be cleared

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When Lions running back Jahvid Best suffered his second concussion of the season on October 16, 2011, there were widely divergent reports about how significant an injury it was: Some saw it as a relatively minor setback, while others said it could be career-threatening.

As it turned out, Best’s concussion issues were serious enough that he still hasn’t been cleared to play. But the Lions are hoping that changes very soon.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Best will undergo testing this week to determine whether he’s ready to be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list. If things go well, the Lions are optimistic that he could play against the Bears on Monday, October 22 — just over one full year after he last played.

According to Schefter, Best has been working out as hard as ever and is in better shape than at any other point in his NFL career. If Best is good to go, he could give a boost to a Lions team that’s off to a disappointing start this season.

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15 Responses to “With tests coming this week, Lions hoping Jahvid Best will be cleared”
  1. 6steelrings says: Oct 7, 2012 11:21 AM

    Trying to catch lightning in a bottle so i picked him up in 1 league. Fingers crossed his mush-brain tests come back good!!!!!!

  2. polegojim says: Oct 7, 2012 11:23 AM

    I hope Best is well enough to play…

    But if my Lions can’t figure out how to:

    1) Awaken a terribly mediocre and ‘supposedly awesome’ D-Line… that ISN’T, and

    2) Figure out what’s stuck in Staffords craw, and

    3) remind Leshoure that he’s not a scatback and needs to run like a 230 lb man…

    … Best’s return can just wait till he’s truly well.

    Go LIONS!… please?

  3. johnnycash19 says: Oct 7, 2012 11:29 AM

    If Best is good to go, he could give a boost to a Lions team that’s off to a disappointing start this season.
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    There’s no “if” about it. That team is much more dangerous with Jahvid in there. Just look at last year 5-0 with him in the line-up. Then 5-5 without him (Not including the game he got injured).

    Plus the way teams have been playing the Lions with the 2 deep safeties and only 6 men in a box. He could be a huge asset with his speed.

    That being said. Do whats good for you Jahvid, don’t risk your health just so you can play. Concussions are a scary thing down the road.

  4. cwhat32 says: Oct 7, 2012 11:33 AM

    @polegojim

    Have you seen our O-line block? Leshoure isn’t going to be able to barrel through 350lb D tackles right in his face as soon as he gets the ball. Only thing he can do is some Houdini type moves to get a neutral gain.

  5. ocdn says: Oct 7, 2012 11:37 AM

    I’ve loved the Lions since the 60’s and have felt their pain for a lot of those years. I don’t want to feel the pain of a young man making a life long wrong decision. Remember, it’s only a game.

  6. somekat says: Oct 7, 2012 11:39 AM

    So when they put the new rules in for this year, how did the fact that every team seems to be required to get healthy, and get a bye before they play the Eagles?

  7. thelionsrgreat says: Oct 7, 2012 11:56 AM

    I really hope the team is not risking his health just to win games. Being that he has not been cleared to play after nearly a full year should be enough said. It’s a game.

  8. evilklown1964 says: Oct 7, 2012 12:11 PM

    I hope Jahvid can go.
    If he can’t theres always the draft next year.
    It’s a shame, but they knew what they were getting when they drafted him.
    I’m pretty sure he had a concussion when they drafted him.
    He really has no buisness running between the tackles… EVER.

  9. hyzers says: Oct 7, 2012 12:13 PM

    The loss of Best this season cannot be understated. Before his injury, he was the Lions’ most productive offensive weapon. With him and Delmas back, this team will look much better. Hopefully.

  10. rubbernilly says: Oct 7, 2012 12:19 PM

    What’s the over/under line on how many games Best will play before his next concussion? I say 4.5, and on that number I’d probably take the under.

  11. rubbernilly says: Oct 7, 2012 12:24 PM

    @polegojim… I agree with you for the most part. A little elaboration, though:

    1) The D-Line seems built to rush the passer… but is terrible at stopping the run. Rushing the passer means putting them into passing situations. Getting up in the score and pinning the ears back. Our offense needs the balance that a Best brings, but the coaching staff also needs to stick to what we do well: throw the ball. That said…

    2) Stafford has had a bad tendency to sail passes… even last year. Unexplainable passes. Sailing 3 yards over his receivers’ heads. I thought it might have something to do with his thumb injury. Apparently, this year taken into account, it does not.

    3) LeShoure needs help from his O-line, but I generally agree with you… Best was supposed to be the speed, LeShoure the power. What is promising is that when he *does* hit a pile, that pile moves. He falls forward for another 1-3 yards.

  12. tinbender2000 says: Oct 7, 2012 12:52 PM

    I bet the paychecks aren’t all that bad at ESPN or the NFL Network. If you haven’t been cleared after a year maybe it’s time.

  13. nashwaakkidd says: Oct 7, 2012 12:54 PM

    the lions better hope he can come back. leshoure is horrible and with no running game stafford will be on the dl before too long.

  14. 2011to2020lions says: Oct 7, 2012 3:09 PM

    Hey polegojim,

    I hope Best is well enough to play…

    But if my Lions can’t figure out how to:

    1) Awaken a terribly mediocre and ‘supposedly awesome’ D-Line… that ISN’T, and

    2) Figure out what’s stuck in Staffords craw, and

    3) remind Leshoure that he’s not a scatback and needs to run like a 230 lb man…

    … Best’s return can just wait till he’s truly well.

    Go LIONS!… please?
    ————————————————————-
    I think you may be forgetting the reason for two losses was Special Teams that were not so Special. The Defense gave up 6 points last game, but they were able to score 20 hmmmmm

    We are 3-1 if Special Teams don’t give up 4 touchdowns in two games. That said I agree the team needs to play better as a whole, but the D-line, or Stafford is not the main reason for being 1-3 that is Danny Crossman and his unspecial teams unit

  15. achamarro1 says: Oct 8, 2012 2:49 AM

    Stafford has a slightly higher completion percentage this year than last year. He is on pace to throw 4800 yards. Yes he seems off but losing isnt all his fault. They have to throw the deep ball more and rush the passer better. They stop the run pretty good. They have statistically atop 10 defense……….special teams is the biggest issue

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