By Eric Schmidt

The Detroit Lions are still waiting for RB Jahvid Best to return to the field. According to the Detroit Free Press, the speedy running back has still not been medically cleared to return to the field. Best has been struggling with concussion-like symptoms after a mid-season game against the San Francisco 49ers. Best has a history of concussions in his career.

The Lions are scheduled to start voluntary offseason workouts this coming week and while it’s being reported that Best will attend, it’s unknown whether or not he will be allowed to return to the field. The lingering effects of Best’s injury have to be of serious concern for the Lions who without Best, could become precariously thin at the running back position.

Detroit recently re-signed free agent RB Kevin Smith, however he brings his own history of injury issues to the table as well. Second-year RB Mikel Leshoure has yet to see any game-time activity for the Lions after suffering a season ending injury prior to the start of the 2011 regular season. Leshoure could be facing possible suspension from the NFL after being arrested on marijuana related charges within the last few weeks.

Detroit also has RB Joique Bell on the roster. The Wayne State product and Harlon Hill award winner has bounced around the NFL on various teams practice squads before being signed to a two-year contract by the Lions at the end of the regular season in order to provide running back depth heading into the playoffs.

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