The Detroit Lions have officially ruled out running back Jahvid Best for the 2012-13 season. However, the concussion plagued running back is hoping to return to the field next season, despite the odds being stacked against him.
Best hasn’t been physically cleared for contact following his series of serious concusions, but the Lions rusher is still hoping to find the field next season.
“He obviously still wants to play, we’re just in a climate now in the NFL where everybody’s extra cautious,” his agent Tony Fleming told the Detroit Free Press. “Everybody is concerned about Jahvid and his health and his future, so they’re just going to be very cautious and they’re not going to clear him until he’s ready.”
Best’s concussion history was a concern entering his NFL career and it is even a bigger issue now.
The Lions running back suffered two major concussions in college — one which resulted in him being knocked unconscious and being taken from the field in a stretcher and then being hospitalized.
Best then suffered two concussions in 2011 and the concerns magnified.
The Lions and Best may be hopeful for his return next season, but he has a lot of work to do. The NFL has become very serious about head injuries and Best’s concussion history will only lead to extra precautionary reasons from the NFL before he is allowed to return to the NFL field.