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.

40 responses to “Lions announce Jahvid Best will not play this season

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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