Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/21/14

DENVER - AUGUST 21: Jahvid Best of the Detroit Lions rushes the ball as Ryan McBean and Renaldo Hill of the Denver Broncos make the stop during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 21, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The touchdown gave the Lions a 10-0 first quarter lead. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
A tough question becomes simple with one small nod from the team doctors.  When the Detroit Lions’ medical crew gives running back Jahvid Best that nod, their backfield issues disappear. But that just won’t happen soon.  With the ever-increasing concussion crackdown in the NFL, Best’s third such injury may be a death sentence. With Best not cleared to play, and no timetable set for his return, a void has appeared in the Lions’ backfield. The void is apparent, but who will fill it is unclear.  Veteran Kevin Smith gave the Lions some good reps as the first back last year, but I doubt his ability to stay full speed for 16 games. If Leshoure lives up to expectations, the Lions have a solid 1-2 punch Smith has been nicked up in the past, and the Lions will need other players to be in the picture in order to run the ball effectively. Second-year player Mikel Leshoure sits in the same oft-injured category as Smith.  Leshoure missed his entire rookie season to an Achilles inj...
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