Jahvid Best: Concussions ending my career not a concern

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Lions running back Jahvid Best, whose 2011 season was cut short by concussions, still hasn’t been cleared to practice. And Best’s history of concussions, going back to college, has led to some talk that he should never be cleared to play again.

But Best says that’s not the case — he’s not the least bit worried about concussions ending his career, and he hasn’t even thought about it.

That has not crossed my mind yet. Right now I’m waiting to be cleared,” Best told the Oakland Press.

Best’s use of the word “yet” suggests that there might come a point when shutting it down for good crosses his mind, but Best says he’s optimistic and excited about the upcoming season.

“I’m not disappointed. Like I said the only thing I’m worried about is doing everything I can to get cleared,” Best said. “Once I get cleared I’ll be back there.”

Best suggested that the NFL’s increased emphasis on careful treatment of concussions has led to the Lions being particularly cautious with him.

“If this was four or five years ago I probably would have played last season,” Best said. “Now that everything is under a microscope it takes a lot longer.”

But despite those concussion concerns, Best doesn’t think it will be much longer before he’s back on the field.