Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best has not been on the football field since nearly the mid-season mark of last season, and he will not play this season, after being ruled out by the Lions yesterday. Best has yet to find a doctor which will clear him to return to the playing field after suffering a concussion last season.However, Best claims he still wants to continue his career.
Beat writer Dave Birkett confirms the news via Twitter. “He obviously still wants to play, we’re just in a climate now in the NFL where everybody’s extra cautious.”
Best’s struggle to return to the field has now lasted over a year. The Lions have to be concerned now that Best’s career might be over, before it really got going. Best has a history of concussions and given the concern surrounding the injury in the NFL currently, it is a very serious reality that his career has been cut short.
The Lions have struggled to find a consistent running game in the last two seasons. Second-year back Mikel Leshoure was lost for his entire rookie season after suffering an injury in preseason and was suspended for the first two games of this season. Leshoure has rushed for just 305 yards and one score this season.
Kevin Smith has fallen down the depth chart and now is the team’s third running back as Wayne State product Joique Bell has supplanted Smith as the backup running back. Bell has amassed 353 total yards in limited action this season.
The Lions will need to address the running back situation in the offseason, especially if Best’s career is coming to a close.