Lions running back Jahvid Best has been at Allen Park for the teams OTAs this week but general manager Martin Mayhew would not say if Best was “participating” in the workouts.
“I saw (Best) in the meeting room, but I haven’t seen him working out,” Mayhew said. “From what I understand, he’s been doing everything, as far as conditioning and working out with everybody.” It stands to reason that if Best was medically cleared, Mayhew would have given more specific details about his running back’s condition.
Best is currently recovering from a season-ending concussion injury sustained against the San Francisco 49ers last season. Management has consistently declined to give medical updates about Best or speculate if he might be ready to play this season. After Best sustained his concussion last season, the Lions confirmed he had a history of concussions going back to his college days at California. As a result, Detroit has given no timetable for his return.
Detroit made Best a first-round pick in 2010. Best rushed for 555 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie, plus had 487 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Last season, Best had 390 rushing yards and two touchdowns, plus 287 receiving yards and one touchdown before his injury.
Reading between the lines, it appears there may be reason for concern about Best’s future in the NFL due to his concussion history.