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Lions announce Jahvid Best will not play this season

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In a disappointing but not unexpected announcement, the Lions confirmed today that running back Jahvid Best will not play this season.

Best, who has been out for more than a year because of two concussions he suffered last season, had said repeatedly that he felt good and hoped to play this year. But doctors haven’t cleared Best to return to contact, and Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew announced today that the Lions have ruled Best out.

“There has been subsequent evaluation and consultation regarding Jahvid since our last update [on October 15],” Mayhew said. “As has been the case throughout, we have deferred to the medical experts and support their current recommendation that Jahvid not return to the field this season. Javhid’s approach to this situation and his adherence to the process and protocol have been exemplary. No one has worked harder or shown more dedication than Jahvid has over the past year. As disappointing as this decision is for us and Jahvid, we do believe it is in his long-term best interest.”

Best, who also suffered a serious concussion in college at Cal, now faces an uncertain future. At the age of 23, his football career may be over.

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  1. blacknole08 says: Nov 2, 2012 3:54 PM

    He’s only 23??

    As much as I like him and root for him to overcome this it might be time to hang it up Jahvid! Concussions are no joke!

  2. grantgoodman93 says: Nov 2, 2012 3:54 PM

    Damn. I hate to say it, but you kinda had to see this coming when he was coming out of Cal. A rich mans Chris Johnson in terms of play style. Great player, unfortunate

  3. jdubkc says: Nov 2, 2012 3:55 PM

    Fun to watch quality running back. Get well Javhid.

  4. green41563 says: Nov 2, 2012 3:55 PM

    The league has a viable defense against lawsuits brought by guys who played 35 years ago, when we knew less about concussions, but they’d be dangling their nuts over a campfire if they cleared a guy like this in 2012.

  5. gtorlone says: Nov 2, 2012 3:57 PM

    Concussion “protocol” is incredibly confusing. Best, despite this not being his first concussion, hasn’t played in over a year and still can’t get on the field. But then guys like Brandon LaFell and Brady Quinn, who suffered concussions five days ago, each have (or had, in Quinn’s case) to play this week.

  6. teamobijuan says: Nov 2, 2012 4:00 PM

    What a fickle and fleeting career. I’ve never blamed anyone for holding out to get paid. It can be over so fast.

  7. wallacejay says: Nov 2, 2012 4:00 PM

    If he’s this bad, it’s time to hang it up. The next one might be the one that really does him in.

  8. lionsdraftguy says: Nov 2, 2012 4:03 PM

    Great player, but should be permenantly shut down. Just not worth risking his life.

  9. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 2, 2012 4:03 PM


  10. buckyhamm says: Nov 2, 2012 4:03 PM

    Your health is more important than any job.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 2, 2012 4:05 PM

    Sad story.

  12. blowpackblow says: Nov 2, 2012 4:07 PM

    Bummer. Go live a healthy life my friend, it’s time to step away. I will miss watching you though!

  13. wryly1 says: Nov 2, 2012 4:08 PM

    Pretty good odds he never will again. Sad story. Talented, exciting RB.

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 2, 2012 4:08 PM

    No one on the team has shown more dedication or worked harder than he has?

    So does that mean everybody else is perfect with regard to their effort as he is, or are they all lesser?

    If they are the same then how could we possibly lose 4 games already with the talent on this roster and everybody giving absolutely everything they have?

    The only other explanation is that he is providing a weak effort and the rest of the team is also weak or even lesser than that, or the losses are because of the coaches/mngmt not being good enough and the players deserve little to no blame for the losses, which is my suggestion of what is happening this year.

    Anyhow good luck and good health to Best, keep working hard and hopefully you will be able to continue your dream next year!

  15. rolltide510 says: Nov 2, 2012 4:09 PM

    Walk away Javhid. You get to keep the money and you won’t be wiping drool off your chin when you’re 25.

  16. mjkelly77 says: Nov 2, 2012 4:09 PM

    It’s been a year without clearance. The generous Mr. William Clay Ford has kindly kept Best arround to ensure his player pension. Best’s career is over whether formally announced or not. Too bad. Kid could run. Wish him well.

  17. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Nov 2, 2012 4:10 PM

    Hes the “Ras-I Dowling” of running backs…

  18. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 2, 2012 4:11 PM

    I could’ve told you that.

  19. lionfan419 says: Nov 2, 2012 4:11 PM

    too bad too see as a lions fan, but his health is more important than a W. Good luck Jahvid

  20. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 2, 2012 4:12 PM

    That kid could’ve been the next Barry Sanders. He was an explosive playmaker that would have done wonders for that offense. Now back to the drawing board.

  21. coats2m says: Nov 2, 2012 4:15 PM

    Let the guy play already! With all that players currently know about concussions and the dangers surrounding them, if they want to still play, let them sign a waiver and get to it.

  22. isphet71 says: Nov 2, 2012 4:18 PM

    Ugh. Bad taste in mouth. Especially with so many other guys playing with concussions right now.

  23. pacific123ocean says: Nov 2, 2012 4:26 PM

    I still remember that hit that caused his concussion at Cal. It was scary!

    I hope he thinks about his long-term health, and retires…goes back to Cal and earns his degree.

  24. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Nov 2, 2012 4:34 PM


  25. cags777 says: Nov 2, 2012 4:35 PM

    Sad to hear. Hope he gets better soon and moves on to bigger and better endeavors.

  26. hovenaut says: Nov 2, 2012 4:38 PM

    Feel bad for this kid. He may miss out on football fame and fortune, but really hope his health holds up long term.

  27. socalmaverick says: Nov 2, 2012 4:42 PM

    I never really expected him to play this year anyway… it’s a leshoure thing.

  28. mattolikesthevikes says: Nov 2, 2012 4:47 PM

    bummer!! That’s gotta be tough being that you g and facing a huge crossroad decision in your life.

  29. conormacleod says: Nov 2, 2012 4:50 PM

    I’d like to hear what the Lions do now. Is he going to be paid his contract? Can the Lions just cut him? An injury settlement? If he is released, can Best go to another team and try to get cleared to play? What Doctors haven’t cleared him? The Lions doctors? His own? The NFL’s? Are their second opinions to be had from other teams?

  30. FinFan68 says: Nov 2, 2012 4:56 PM

    How long before the conspiracy theorists adjust their tin-foil hats and claim the league told the docs to not clear him?

  31. boyshole25 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:29 PM

    Rumor is they will hold on to him until he reaches a full pension then cut him so he can retire. Good people in Detroit and I hate the lions

  32. cmdv8 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:59 PM

    Very sad. i feel for. him the offense could be great with him involved, he was so exciting to watch, he is like a faster sproles. very sad but he has to do what the docs say nobody want’s to put there name on that. what i love about him the most is his suprising blocking skills

  33. nflsucker says: Nov 2, 2012 6:30 PM

    He would’ve been exciting to watch. Selfishly, I want “them” to invent a gigantic padded uber-helmet for just these sorts of players. As it is, I hope the organization does right by him.

  34. sportsmeccabi says: Nov 2, 2012 6:52 PM

    He should go play soccer.
    Not a joke, I’m being serious. If he practices for a couple of years, he could make it to the MLS or maybe some lower European league team.

  35. professor177 says: Nov 2, 2012 6:58 PM

    It may be time to hang it up.. a yr later and still no return.. that’s substantial and if the kid is showing signs of permanrnt damge which is most like the case he should hang em up and take his guranteed money and invest in a mcdonalds..not in detroit

  36. ernie ernie says: Nov 2, 2012 7:16 PM

    Javid Best is in tough shape. He can’t spell Best.
    I call him Javid Bust because he had his bell rung in college so many times no one but the Lions drafted him.
    This poor guy needs to retire and cash in on his NFL retirement. Sorry Javid, but your days are over.

  37. jimmylions says: Nov 2, 2012 8:56 PM

    MLive continues to speculate that the only reason Best was on the roster this year was to accumulate another year as a “player” to enhance his retirement benefits package.

    I don’t know for sure, but it sounds like by keeping him on the roster an extra year, the Lions ensured Best will continue to have medical coverage long after he and the team part ways.

    Bottom line – the business took care of this kid. Thumbs up to Bill Ford Jr.

  38. bearasstruth says: Nov 2, 2012 10:33 PM

    In the word of the late monday night football Don Meredith “Turn out the lights the party is over” .

  39. rodster213 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:01 PM

    U don’t know the def of the word. The guy made plays when he wasn’t concussed. Look at the other 1st rd picks like Harrington and u have ur bust.

  40. perennialallstar177 says: Nov 3, 2012 10:19 AM

    @ernie ernie, it was one hit in college you ignorant pile of heaping trash…Have some respect for a man that has more talent in one hair on his head than you do in your entire family.

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