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Jahvid Best injury: Lions RB not cleared to return by doctors

Lions RB Jahvid Best is out for the rest of the 2012 season after not being cleared to return by doctors.

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Jahvid Best vows to return to football

Detroit Lions tailback Jahvid Best is vowing to make a return to the NFL at some point, and hopes it can be next season.


Lions' Jahvid Best still wants to play football

In 22 career games with the Lions, Best has tallied 945 yards rushing and six touchdowns on the ground along with 85 receptions for 774 yards and three receiving touchdowns.


Jahvid Best out for the season

The Detroit Lions announced on Friday that running back Jahvid Best will remain on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list for the remainder of the 2012 season.


Lions have no update yet on Jahvid Best's status

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said the team has no update yet on the status of running back Jahvid Best, who must be activated from the PUP list by Nov. 6th or be placed on injured reserve.


Jahvid Best hopeful despite remaining on PUP list

Jahvid Best is attempting to remain positive about his injury situation despite the approaching deadline to activate him.


Jahvid Best still on PUP list, Lions still unsure

Nobody seems to know when Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best will get back on the field.


Jahvid Best not cleared to play at this time

Based on the recommendation of doctors, Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best hasn't been cleared to return going forward due to his head injuries.


Availability of Lions' Jahvid Best still uncertain

Jahvid Best's timetable for a return to the field is still unknown as doctors continue to evaluate his concussion test results, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said in a report on Friday.


Jahvid Best takes concussion test

Jahvid Best took his concussion test on Monday, the latest step in his attempt to return to the field.


Jahvid Best Injury: Detroit Lions Tailback Not Limited In Offseason Program

After suffering a season-ending concussion in week six against San Francisco, the future of Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best has been a complete question mark in the early stages of the offseason.

But even as fans and coaches alike continue to raise concerns over his durability, Best has reportedly not been limited by Detroit's offseason conditioning program, which is a great sign for the undersized runner.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz confirmed as much on Saturday at a local event in Livonia, commenting that his speedy tailback is "doing the same things everybody else is doing."

With Mikel Leshoure's recent arrest for marijuana, the running back position appears once again to be wide open in Motown. Best's small frame and inability to avoid contact will make him a continuous injury concern whenever he steps on the field, but there's no denying the type of playmaking ability that he brings to the table. Knowing how concussion symptoms can often linger long after the initial contact, it's a promising sign that Best is taking part in off-season conditioning drills alongside his teammates with no reported issues.

For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit. For more NFL coverage, head over to SB Nation's NFL hub.


Jahvid Best Injury: Lions Running Back Cleared For Physical Activity

Jahvid Best was officially placed on the injured reserve earlier in the week, ruling him out for the rest of the season, but the Detroit Lions running back has now been medically cleared to return to physical activity. The speedster suffered two concussions within the first two months of the season, forcing his season to end earlier than anticipated.

The Lions didn't cut any corners in finding out when he'd be cleared, either, as Best visited specialists all around the country before Friday's news.

Best has racked up the frequent flyer miles over the past six weeks visiting five different concussion specialists from all over the country.

"It was just traveling and just trying to get all the answers we could and put them all down and formulate a plan from that," he said. "It was kind of hectic but the good thing we got from it was that everyone kind of had the same answer. If it was just 50/50 it would have been really crazy."

Best will take it easy for the next few weeks to make sure symptoms don't return before he goes back to his usual routine.


Jahvid Best Officially Placed On Injured Reserve As Detroit Lions Re-Sign Aaron Brown

Jahvid Best was officially placed on the injured reserve Monday, ending any chance that the running back can return to the Detroit Lions lineup this season. The team announced that it will re-sign Aaron Brown to take Best's place on the 53-man roster.

Brown was a sixth round pick of the Lions in the 2009 NFL Draft, but the speedy running back was a cut-day casualty during training camp this year. He appeared in 21 games for Detroit in his first two seasons, handling kick-return duties his first season.

Best ends his second professional season with 677 yards from scrimmage and three total touchdowns through the six games he was able to play.

Brown carried the ball 44 times for the Lions for 189 total yards to go with 17 passing receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 22.6 yards per return on 42 kickoff returns during the 2009 season, but wasn't retained in that position last year.


Jahvid Best Injury Update: Lions RB Placed On IR

Bad news gets worse for the Detroit Lions, who have been without their feature running back Jahvid Best for weeks, since being injured in the second half of a week six loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Lions announced on Friday that Best is going to be placed on season-ending injured reserve. When best initially suffered the concussion, he was reportedly advised by friends and others to end his season then and there. But he spent a lot of time rehabbing and seeing various experts in head injuries around the country.

Apparently, those experts have advised Best to be cautious with the injury, which is generally the right thing to do when faced with the second concussion in a single season. Best suffered his first concussion of the year in training camp, and had a history of concussion-related issues at Cal.

For Detroit, they're once again sitting with Maurice Morris as the starter, with replacement Kevin Smith being injured in Thursday's game against the Green Bay Packers with a high ankle sprain. Keiland Williams is the immediate backup. The move may not be official until after the weekend, due to the holidays. 


Jahvid Best Injury Update: Likely Out For Detroit Lions Game Against Carolina Panthers

Jahvid Best hasn't played for the Detroit Lions since suffering a second concussion against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 16, just a couple of months after he sustained a similar head injury during the preseason. The starting running back looks like he will miss at least one more game, unfortunately, as he hasn't quite shown enough improvement to be allowed to return to the lineup.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said earlier this week that his running back would need to be symptom-free before he returns to the Detroit practice field. He isn't quite there, but Best is improving according to the coach's comments after Thursday's practice.

"I'll just say this with Jahvid: He is improving, and he's back in the building and those kind of things on a limited basis," Schwartz said. "That's, obviously, a good sign, but we still don't have clearance for him to do physical activity yet."

It's likely he will be ruled out once again for the Lions game against the Carolina Panthers, but that won't be made official until Friday's practice report is released.


Jahvid Best Injury: Detroit Lions Running Back Out Vs. Chicago Bears

Jahvid Best has officially been rulled out for the Detroit Lions game against the Chicago Bears this Sunday. It was speculated that would be the case all week, but Friday's official injury report confirmed everything already rumored.

Best, still suffering from the symptoms of the two concussions he has sustained this season, will be replaced in the starting lineup by back-up running back Maurice Morris.

In a bit of a surprise, Best was the only player officially ruled out this week for the Lions. Punter Ryan Donahue was expected to be scratched, but he's listed as questionable due to the right quad injury he suffered while trying to replace Jason Hanson as a practice kicker.

As far as Hanson is concerned, he seems to have recovered nicely from his left knee injury and is currently listed as probable. The other two significant names on the injury report -- quarterback Matthew Stafford and tight end Brandon Pettigrew -- are also probable after being full participants in Friday's practice.

The final injury report can be viewed in its entirety below.

RB Jahvid Best Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
DT Sammie Hill Ankle DNP DNP LP Questionable
WR Rashied Davis Foot LP LP LP Probable
S Louis Delmas Foot Not Listed LP LP Questionable
P Ryan Donahue Right Quad LP LP LP Questionable
K Jason Hanson Left Knee DNP LP LP Probable
TE Brandon Pettigrew Elbow FP FP FP Probable
QB Matthew Stafford Finger(Right)/Ankle FP FP FP Probable
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch Not Injury Related DNP Not Listed Not Listed Not Listed


Detroit Lions Injury Report, Week 10: Jahvid Best Missed Practice, Matthew Stafford Did Not

The Detroit Lions will face the Chicago Bears this weekend as they try to keep a firm grasp on the NFC North's runner-up spot. According to the first official injury report of the week, however, it seems as though the Lions will once again have to do it without running back Jahvid Best.

Best, still suffering the repercussions from a pair of concussions sustained earlier in the season, was one of four players not to practice for Detroit on Wednesday. It doesn't exactly mean anything as Wednesday's aren't critical to determining statuses for the weekend's game, but Tuesday's news led most to believe Best will be out this week.

Jahvid Best is still recovering from a concussion, and it looks like he is unlikely to play this coming Sunday in a key NFC North matchup against the Chicago Bears. ESPN is reporting that he is likely out of Sunday's game, meaning Maurice Morris will likely get the start in his place:

"Best, who has dealt with concussions dating back to college, is scheduled to meet with more doctors this week and will undergo further testing, the source said."

Jason Hanson, Sammie Hill and Kyle Vanden Bosch were the only other Lions players that didn't practice, though Vanden Bosch's absence was not due to injury issues. Hanson, the team's veteran kicker, has an injury bad enough to warrant working out other kickers.

Matthew Stafford, Brandon Pettigrew, Rashied Davis and Ryan Donahue were all listed on the injury report as well, though the two key players -- Stafford and Pettigrew -- both were full participants while the latter two were limited.


Jahvid Best Injury Update: Lions RB Reportedly Unlikely To Play Against Bears

Jahvid Best is still recovering from a concussion, and it looks like he is unlikely to play this coming Sunday in a key NFC North matchup against the Chicago Bears. ESPN is reporting that he is likely out of Sunday's game, meaning Maurice Morris will likely get the start in his place:

Best, who has dealt with concussions dating back to college, is scheduled to meet with more doctors this week and will undergo further testing, the source said.

Keiland Williams, a second-year player, will likely also see his role increase, as he has been splitting time with Morris during Best's time out. Kevin Smith was recently signed during the bye week to add depth in the backfield after Mikel Leshoure and Jerome Harrison were deemed out for the season already.

Best has been out since the Lions hosted San Francisco in Week 6. Earlier this week it looked like Best was going to be ready to go, but with concussions, especially repeated ones, his future is in doubt.


Jahvid Best Status: No Timetable For Return From Injury

Jahvid Best missed another game this past weekend due to ongoing injury concerns stemming from a second concussion. The Detroit Lions have a bye week upcoming, but his status isn't set in stone afterward as it's difficult to put a timetable on head injuries.

"We'll see," head coach Jim Schwartz said when asked about his running back's status going forward. "Again, it's one of those things that you can't really have a timetable on."

There were whispers a couple of weeks ago that Best might be best off sitting out the rest of the season. That apparently hasn't been ruled out as Schwartz says he's being conservative, but it sounds like everyone is optimistic.

"I say it all the time, but I'll say it again," he said, "it's not something that you can put tape around; it's not something that you can tough out. It's a situation that we have to be conservative (with) and I think that's good for our players, that's good for Jahvid, it's good for the NFL."

Hopefully Best can return following the bye week, but teams can never be too careful when it comes to head injuries.


Lions Vs. Broncos: Jahvid Best, Nick Fairley Among Inactives

The list of inactives for Sunday's game between the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos doesn't include any real surprises. Running back Jahvid Best and defensive tackle Nick Fairley are the most notable players on the list for Detroit, but Best was already ruled out and Fairley was doubtful for Sunday's game.

Here's a look at the full list:

Detroit Lions

QB Drew Stanton

RB Jahvid Best

WR Rashied Davis

OT Jason Fox

DT Nick Fairley

CB Don Carey

S Chris Harris

Denver Broncos

QB Brady Quinn

RB Willis McGahee

FB Quinn Johnson

OT Tony Hills

OG Manny Ramirez

DE Derrick Harvey

S Rafael Bush

The most interesting thing about the inactives list for the Lions is that Stanton is on it. Considering Matthew Stafford is banged up, the thinking was Stanton might get to dress for the first time this season as extra insurance. As it turns out, Stanton once again is inactive, suggesting the Lions feel confident in Stafford's ability to play the entire game.


Detroit Lions Injury Report: Jahvid Best Did Not Practice, Matthew Stafford Did

The Detroit Lions first injury report of the week didn't reveal anything that hadn't been reported earlier. It did confirm, however, that Jahvid Best missed Wednesday's practice and Matthew Stafford was limited as his reps didn't come with the first team offense.

Stafford's injury was probably the biggest thing to watch this week considering Detroit fans knew it was certainly possible that Best might be unavailable once again this week as he continues to recover from a concussion. As reported earlier Wednesday, the Lions quarterback was able to practice, but took a limited role as back-up Shaun Hill took the first-team reps under center.

Best was held out of practice completely on the other hand. Weekend statuses aren't reported on the initial injury report of the week, but the fact of the matter is that it currently seems as though he's questionable at best to play against the Denver Broncos this weekend.

Nick Fairley, Gosder Cherilus, Rashied Davis, Sammie Hill and Chris Houston also all sat out Wednesday due to injury. Safety Vincent Fuller defensive end Willie Young, both limited due to injury along with Stafford, round out Wednesday's injury report for Detroit.

The Broncos only listed three players on their version of Wednesday's report. Along with running back Willis McGahee, who isn't expected to play against Detroit, defensive end Elvis Dumervil (ankle) and tight end Julius Thomas were put on the Denver injury report.


Jahvid Best Injury Update: Detroit Lions RB Not Practicing, May Not Play Vs. Denver

Maurice Morris will likely get the start for the Detroit Lions on Sunday as they face the Denver Broncos. Starting running back Jahvid Best is not practicing today, and he is not expected to be back in time for Sunday's game as he is continuing to battle a concussion according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Via Evan Silva:

Evan Silva
ESPN's Adam Schefter on RBJahvid Best: "I think the fact of the matter is the organization doesn't expect to have him on Sunday."

Best has been out for some time and some doctors have suggested that he shut it down for the season due to his concussion issues. Best suffered a severe concussion in his final season at California, and that cost him the remainder of that season. Morris did rush for 50 yards in last week's loss to Atlanta in Best's absence.

For more on Best's status visit Pride of Detroit and this stream throughout the week.


Jahvid Best Injury: Lions Don't Have Update On Status

The Detroit Lions definitely missed running back Jahvid Best on Sunday in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams combined for 94 yards together rushing, but neither was much of a factor in the passing game. Best has always been the kind of player who threatens defenses in a number of ways, and that versatility was absent in the 23-16 loss.

Best missed the game after suffering a concussion against the San Francisco 49ers, his second concussion in three months. In speaking with the media on Monday, head coach Jim Schwartz had updates regarding the teams' injury situations, most notably Matthew Stafford's ankle injury, but also had a bit about Best's concussion and status for next week's game against the Denver Broncos, according to the Detroit Free Press:

Schwartz on Best: "We don't have any update on Jahvid yet. .. I don't think we consider him anything more than day to day at this time."    

Day-to-day is not entirely unlike his "questionable" status last week. It's unclear as to whether or not Best took the concussion tests before Sunday's game against the Falcons or if he knew he'd be out regardless, but he'll have to pass them before being cleared. More than that, he'll have to feel comfortable playing again after his second concussion this year.


Jahvid Best Injury Not Season Ending, According To Reports

The worst possible news was expected for Jahvid Best on Thursday morning when several reports indicated that the Detroit Lions might shut the running back down for the rest of the season due to his lingering concussion issues. The injury apparently won't cause that to happen, however, at least according to reports coming from his camp as well as the Lions coaching staff.

Chris McCosky of the Detroit News posted on Twitter that Best's agent told him that is "Not what anybody is thinking right now" when asked whether Best will be shut down for the season while Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan also echoed those sentiments.

Lions OC Scott Linehan on if he expects Best back this year: "Oh certainly. I wouldn't see any other reason, unless anyone tells me otherwise."

This is great news for the Lions as reports earlier in the day indicated otherwise

NFL Insider Mike Freeman reported Thursday that Lions RB Jahvid Best has been advised by people close to him to "strongly consider sitting out the year" after suffering his second concussion of the season.

Best sat out practice for the second straight day on Thursday, too, but the Lions haven't made a decision on whether or not he'll play this weekend.


Lions' Jahvid Best Advised To Sit Out Remainder Of Season, According To Report

Jahvid Best has battled concussions since playing in college, and his most recent one could cost him the rest of the season. He is currently listed as day-to-day with a concussion and has missed the last two days of practice in preparation for Sunday's game with the Atlanta Falcons. He is now being advised to sit out the rest of the year, lest he have career-threatening issues:

NFL Insider Mike Freeman reported Thursday that Lions RB Jahvid Best has been advised by people close to him to "strongly consider sitting out the year" after suffering his second concussion of the season.

Best missed the final four games of his college career after a frightening concussion that knocked him cold as he scored a touchdown. Best has been the Lions' leading rusher so far with 390 yards and two touchdowns.

Also absent from Thursday's practice was Jerome Harrison, who failed a physical and caused the trade for Ronnie Brown with Philadelphia to be voided

Tony Scheffler and Justin Durant were present and taking part in stretches according to the Detroit Free Press.


Jahvid Best Injury: Concussion Symptoms Started After 49ers Game

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz spoke Monday on many things, one of which was the injury sustained by running back Jahvid Best in Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. Best left the game in the fourth quarter and reports trickled out after the game that Best had suffered a concussion. Via the Lions Twitter:

Schwartz on Best: "he started experiencing concussion-like symptoms after the game."  

It's the second concussion for Best this season; he experienced his first in the preseason. Injury concerns have always been the biggest knock on Best, who played in all 16 games last year, but was constantly on the injury report with a turf toe. Concussion concerns are a lot more serious, especially because his concussion in the preseason wasn't his first overall.

Best suffered a pretty serious concussion in college at Cal, where he went up trying to score a touchdown and flipped over onto his head, popping his helmet off and instantly showing signs of being concussed. There's a video of it here, and seeing him on the ground like that is worrying stuff.

Now with this concussion following the 49ers game, Best will not only have to pass the tests to get back in action, but he'll need to evaluate whether or not he personally feels ready to get back in a game situation, as one of the scarier injuries in sports is a concussion.


Jahvid Best Injury: Lions Running Back Suffers Another Concussion

As if Sunday wasn't bad enough for Detroit Lions fans, word is just now coming out that running back Jahvid Best suffered a concussion during the game against the San Francisco 49ers. The injury happened in the fourth quarter, according to Chris McCosky, and the Lions apparently confirmed after the game that Best suffered a concussion.

For Best, this is his second concussion in the last two months. His first concussion this year happened during a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns in August. Best didn't miss much time because of the injury, but considering he also dealt with concussion issues in college, it was not a good situation.

Right now there's no word on how bad Best's latest concussion is and how long it will keep him out. Concussions can be very tricky, so we probably won't get a good idea about his status for next Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons until later in the week.

The Lions are also waiting to find out the status of linebacker Justin Durant and tight end Tony Scheffler, who are also recovering from concussions. Durant has missed three games because of his concussion and Scheffler was out on Sunday after suffering one on Monday night against the Chicago Bears.


Lions' Jahvid Best Misses Practice With Concussion

After leaving Friday night's game against the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best seemed to be getting tested for a concussion. With his history with that type of injury, the concern was that Best suffered another one after taking a helmet-to-helmet from Joe Haden on the Lions' first offensive play of the game. Best didn't leave after that hit, but he did exit the game after fumbling two plays later.

Although Best seemed to be okay based on comments from him and Jim Schwartz after the game, it turns out he did in fact suffer a concussion. Best was unable to practice on Sunday as a result of the concussion, but Schwartz doesn't expect him to miss a ton of time.

"When he was originally on the sideline he was bell-rung and then he recovered pretty quickly," coach Jim Schwartz said Sunday when he was asked about Best. "Then he started to experience a little headache so we took him in (the locker room). 

"By the next day he was clearing up and I think that's a big thing. In my experience with guys that have been concussed, usually they finish the game and they feel fine right after the game, and the next day they come in and haven't slept and all the classic symptoms."

Schwartz said that Best hasn't been dealing with any of the "classic symptoms" yet, so the hope is he will return to practice "soon."

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