The Detroit Free Press is reporting today that running back Jahvid Best may never be cleared to play football again (Credit: AP Photo)
After not being cleared to play during the 2012 NFL season, due to concussions he suffered during the 2011 season, Detroit Lions Jahvid Best is unlikely to ever play football again. Best, the Lions 30th pick in the 2010 NFL draft, suffered four concussions dating back to his final year in college.
Although Best has yet to officially announce his retirement, it is unlikely he will ever be cleared to play football again.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew admits that one of the biggest needs for the team this off-season is a running back.
“We need that shifty back that can come in and be that change-of-pace guy who can catch passes out of the backfield, a guy that can run routes and get one-on-one with a linebacker,” Mayhew said. “That’s what Jahvid gave us, a guy with some juice, some elusiveness.”
While it is disappointing to see Best’s career possibly coming to an end, it is smarter for him to retire than risk shortening his life.
If nothing else, Best will become the poster child for the consequences of concussions.
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