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Please use this thread to discuss Jahvid Best

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Posted by mwill2 viewtopic.php?f=4&t=14958&p=224234#p224234:
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5:15 PM, October 15, 2012

On the eve of the one year anniversary of his last concussion, Jahvid Best and the Lions got the news they’d been dreading.

The third-year running back was not cleared to return to football after a consultation with team and national doctors Monday, leaving his season in doubt and his career in jeopardy.

“After today’s consultation with medical experts, including representatives from our medical and training staffs, it has been determined that Jahvid will not be permitted to return to play at this time,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said in a statement.

“Throughout this entire process we always have placed the highest priority on what is best for Jahvid from a health and safety standpoint. While today’s decision is disappointing from a football perspective, we fully and entirely respect and support this recommendation.”

Best has not played since Oct. 16 of last year when he suffered the second of two brain injuries two months apart.

He also had at least one serious concussion in college that cut short his career at Cal and caused several teams to remove him from their draft board.

Best, who went through a panel of tests last Monday, said last week he wouldn’t consider retirement if he wasn’t cleared to return.

“No,” he said. “Then we’ll have to sit back down and have more discussions and see where we can go from there.”

Though it seems unlikely Best will return this season – or maybe ever again – the Lions didn’t rule out a comeback this year in their statement or in comments coach Jim Schwartz made on his Monday night radio show.

“Jahvid will continue to work with our medical and training staffs with the hope that he ultimately will be cleared to return to the playing field,” Mayhew said in his statement.

Schwartz, who declined comment about Best when approached by a Free Press reporter Monday evening, said “time hasn’t run out” on Best being able to play this season.

Since he started the year on the physically unable to perform list, the Lions have 21 days from Monday to begin practicing Best and another three weeks to promote him to the 53-man roster before he’s officially lost for the year.

“It’s nothing that we can control,” Schwartz said. “As a team, as a coaching staff, as a training staff, we’ve all acknowledged that concussions are different. We have the player safety and the health of our players at the forefront and we move on. We have to prepare to play Chicago without him and if he gets cleared then we’ll get him involved.”

Bears safety Chris Conte, who roomed with Best his freshman year at Cal, told the Chicago Tribune was hit hard by the Best news Monday.

“That’s terrible news to hear,” Conte told the paper. “I know he had a bad concussion at Cal and a lot of us were worried about his health then. For the long term, this might be best for him.”

Best has said several times in recent months that he hasn’t experienced post-concussion symptoms since he returned to working out last December.

But he’s declined so far to provide details on what concussion tests have revealed and the exact nature of why he hasn’t been cleared.

Tony Fleming, Best’s agent, did not return phone calls and text messages seeking comment Monday. Best tweeted, “Thanks for the love and support! #golions”.

Despite his history of concussions, the Lions coveted Best’s big-play ability enough that they traded up to get him with the 30th pick of the 2010 draft.

He played all 16 games as a rookie, battling turf-toe injuries on both feet, and finished with 555 yards rushing and four touchdowns. In six games last year, Best rushed for 390 yards and two scores.

The Lions were hopeful enough about his return this off-season that they did not pursue an all-purpose back as insurance in free agency or the draft.

Mikel Leshoure has started the last three games at running back since returning from a two-game suspension and the torn Achilles tendon he suffered as a rookie, and the Lions will count on a combination of Leshoure and Joique Bell in the backfield going forward.

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Posted by Lions2SB2: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=16071&p=224237#p224237

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The Lions learned Monday that running back Jahvid Best has not been given clearance to return to the practice field from independent neurologists, which leaves both his season and career in jeopardy.

"After today's consultation with medical experts, including representatives from our medical and training staffs, it has been determined that Jahvid will not be permitted to return to play at this time," Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew said in a statement.

"Throughout this entire process we always have placed the highest priority on what is best for Jahvid from a health and safety standpoint," Mayhew continued.

"While today's decision is disappointing from a football perspective, we fully and entirely respect and support this recommendation."

Best said last week he wouldn't consider retirement if he wasn't cleared for a return, though.

"No," he said. "Then we'll have to sit back down and have more discussions and see where we can go from there."

Mayhew affirmed those remarks in his statement today.

"Jahvid will continue to work with our medical and training staffs with the hope that he ultimately will be cleared to return to the playing field," he said.

Though it doesn't appear that will be this season after his latest setback, the window hasn't closed yet, according to Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.

"There's still time," he said in an interview on the Lions Review Show on 97.1 The Ticket. "We don't have to activate him from PUP yet, there's still a couple more weeks and then there's a three-week practice window, so that time hasn't run out."

The sands in the hourglass are getting pretty low, though.

Tuesday will be one year to the day since Best suffered his most recent concussion in a Week 6 loss to the 49ers. It's uncertain how much can really change in a matter of weeks when it hasn't changed over the course of the last year.

Best previously went through the protocol to try and return to the field three months prior to last week's tests, with the same result: no clearance.

"It's nothing that we can control. We move on," Schwartz said. "You can't worry about what you don't have. You have to worry about what you do have and make the best of it. We have to prepare to play Chicago without him."

Best said in the offseason the concussion he suffered against the 49ers last season was the third of his career.

He suffered one against the Browns in the preseason last year and a devastating one that ended his college career at Cal. The one he suffered in college against Oregon State was the only one in which he was knocked unconscious, he said.

In the locker room last week, Best told reporters he was in the top physical condition of his life and hadn't had a symptom in "months."

Only Best, the Lions front office and his medical team know exactly what's preventing him from returning to the field.

Best cited "personal reasons" for not wanting to get into any specifics about his case when talking to reporters, saying each case was unique, but he seemed optimistic he'd get clearance to return.

This is a big blow to a Lions offense that has yet to have an "explosive" run play (20 yards or more) this season. Best is a big-play threat and probably the second-best mismatch they can utilize outside of receiver Calvin Johnson.

In 22 career games, Best has rushed for 945 yards with six touchdowns. He also has 774 receiving yards and three more touchdowns.

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It's sad to see he can't play, he was fun to watch on Monday night against the Bears.

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I think that as both fans and an organization we need to assume Best is done.

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No move from Lions yet on Jahvid Best
October, 15, 2012
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com

Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is now eligible to be activated from the physically unable to perform list (PUP), but the team has made no immediate move to do so. That's all we can say definitively about Best's situation at this moment, and while a reasonable person can be suspicious about why his status didn't change Monday, we have no hard evidence to suggest he failed his most recent set of post-concussion tests.

Best said last week that he expected to hear results of those tests by last Friday. Monday, coach Jim Schwartz told reporters that doctors remain in discussion about his condition as the one-year anniversary of his last concussion -- Oct. 16, 2011 -- approaches Tuesday. Schwartz said he is "not in the loop" of the decision-making process and added: "There was a lot of testing done and different stuff like that. A lot of opinions going back and forth."

The Lions have a three-week window to make this decision, one that opened Monday. If Best is to have a chance to play in Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears, it's fair to assume he'll be added to the roster by Wednesday or Thursday at the latest. If he isn't, and his status is pushed into next week, it'll be fair to question what could change over the ensuing two weeks that hasn't over the past year.

We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. For now, all we can say is that Best wasn't cleared to be activated Monday.
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October, 15, 2012
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com

If Jahvid Best isn't ready to resume his playing career one full year after his most recent concussion, will he ever? That's a fair question to ask after the Detroit Lions confirmed in a statement that he "will not be permitted return to play at this time" after a latest round of post-concussion testing.

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Best hasn't played or engaged in football contact since Oct. 16, 2011. The Lions were hoping he would be cleared Monday and activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, but general manager Martin Mayhew said: "Throughout this entire process we always have placed the highest priority on what is best for Jahvid from a health and safety standpoint."

I don't have the details many of you are looking for. Best said recently that he has been symptom-free for months. So why hasn't he been cleared? I don't know. The Lions' statement is carefully worded, and it doesn't say who made the ultimate decision that he "will not be permitted to play at this time." Was it doctors? Best and/or his family? The Lions? The statement says only that the determination came after "today's consultation with medical experts, including representatives from [the Lions'] medical and training staffs," and there is really no sense in speculating beyond that.

What we can say is that it's highly unlikely Best will play for the Lions this season. The NFL allows for a three-week window, beginning Monday, for players to be activated from the PUP list. If the window closes without activation, the player is ineligible for the remainder of the season.

The reasons are unknown, but the bottom line is Best hasn't progressed enough over the past 12 months to resume his career. How likely is it that something could change over the next three weeks? Best said last week he went three months between his two most recent tests. I wonder if he'll even be tested again before the PUP window closes.

In his statement, Mayhew said the team will continue working with Best "with the hope that he ultimately will be cleared to return to the playing field." I have to assume that won't come before 2013 -- if ever. At that point, he would be hoping to play after a nearly two-year absence. I'm not sure I can envision that in today's era of concussion awareness. Can you?

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I dont see him suiting up again. Hate to say it and it really is unfortunate. He is a very very talented player. I think hes probably realizing it too.

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Another link discussing this: http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2012/10/jahvid_best_fails_neurological.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+detroit-lions+%28Detroit+Lions+-+MLive.com%29

The most telling quotes from the article:

"According to several sources, Best was never going to be cleared, but the Lions wanted him to accrue another NFL season so the running back could have access to the NFL's pension plan, which is obtained after three years of service."

"As of today, it appears unlikely that Best will play in another NFL game."

"However, family members have been concerned about Best's long-term health, and have pressured him to retire for months."

So it seems Best may be done. Obviously not certain, but it definitely wouldn't be a surprise. Class move by the Lions keeping him on board for a third year so he is eligible for the pension.

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"According to several sources, Best was never going to be cleared, but the Lions wanted him to accrue another NFL season so the running back could have access to the NFL's pension plan, which is obtained after three years of service."


If this is true, it's a selfless, classy move by the Lions organization.

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Touchdown Jesus wrote:
Another link discussing this: http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2012/10/jahvid_best_fails_neurological.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+detroit-lions+%28Detroit+Lions+-+MLive.com%29

The most telling quotes from the article:

"According to several sources, Best was never going to be cleared, but the Lions wanted him to accrue another NFL season so the running back could have access to the NFL's pension plan, which is obtained after three years of service."

"As of today, it appears unlikely that Best will play in another NFL game."

"However, family members have been concerned about Best's long-term health, and have pressured him to retire for months."

So it seems Best may be done. Obviously not certain, but it definitely wouldn't be a surprise. Class move by the Lions keeping him on board for a third year so he is eligible for the pension.


But.... This craps all over Allenslions comments about Mayhew's failure to address RB being based on his belief that Best would be back at the start of the season...

Just saying...


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I'm guessing he's done. Too bad for the Lions but I hope his long-term health will be good as a result of an early retirement.

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i think he ll eventually be cleared. whether or not he plays again is up to him.


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If he is cleared to play again, you may see the league step in. His issues are at the forefront of many lawsuits against the NFL. Why would the league allow it? They would be protecting themselves by not allowing him to play.


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thelomasbrowns wrote:
Touchdown Jesus wrote:
"According to several sources, Best was never going to be cleared, but the Lions wanted him to accrue another NFL season so the running back could have access to the NFL's pension plan, which is obtained after three years of service."


If this is true, it's a selfless, classy move by the Lions organization.


That would be a truly great thing. So admirable.

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lionsfanak wrote:
If he is cleared to play again, you may see the league step in. His issues are at the forefront of many lawsuits against the NFL. Why would the league allow it? They would be protecting themselves by not allowing him to play.


it would be tough for the league to step in and essentially ban him from playing. they would be setting themselves up for a lawsuit if Best was indeed cleared and willing to accept the risks in returning but stopped by interference from the league. if you ve followed the bounty gate situation you see how hard it is for the league to enforce a temporary suspension on players who were breaking the rules. there will eventually come a time where the MDs would clear Best if he is symptom free and passes his tests. they would then warn him that if he returned to play his risks would be x and y, and that would be magnified by the severity and frequency of his previous injuries. best would have a choice and perhaps the league would want him to sign some sort of informed consent if he were to choose to try a comeback but to ban him entirely would be unprecedented. also the handling of austin collie suggests that the league/teams would ultimately leave it up to the player to decide if he is willing to accept the risks of playing.


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