The Detroit Lions have been waiting to hear the results of running back Jahvid Best’s latest string of concussion exams. Best suffered two serious concussions last season and has yet to be cleared by the doctors. Head coach Jim Schwartz was unsure of whether or not Best would be ready to return to the team but the Lions remained hopeful that Best would return to the team following week seven.
Now that the results have been revealed, the Lions have released a statement announcing that Best will not be cleared to return for the 2012 season.
“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.
“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.
“Jahvid will continue to work with our medial and training staffs with the hope that he ultimately will be cleared to return to the playing field.”
It is the latest setback for Best who has been working hard to be cleared to return for action. With Best still not being cleared to return, you have to begin to question whether he will ever make it back to a NFL field.