Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/15/12
Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best was not cleared Monday after taking post concussion tests last week and will not be permitted to return to the field yet. Best hasn't played in a calendar year due to his most recent concussion, but was hopeful the battery of tests he underwent last week would finally clear him medically when he became eligible to return from the physically unable to perform list Monday. "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 in a statement. "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." Best suffered his last concussion against the 49ers Oct. 16, 2011. "I am definitely physically ready," he said last week. He was quick to point out, though, that another failed test wouldn't necessarily mean his career is over. "No," he said when asked directly last week if he would retire if the tests came back bad. "Then we would have to sit back down and have more discussions and see where we go." Best has stayed active and attentive in the meeting rooms and has been, as he put it, "working out like an animal," in the weight room. "My intentions are to get back out there," said Best, who has noticeably built up his upper body, particularly around the back and neck. "I am trying as hard as I can, doing everything I can do to get out there. It's just up to what they (doctors) say."
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