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Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz wasn't worried about the possibility of having Jahvid Best available for the team's potential postseason run.
Schwartz insisted that the talented running back was placed on injured reserve last month because it was simply the logical move to do.
"When you get to stuff like concussions, especially with his history, a player of his age (22) and at this point in his career, I think you can't worry about anything other than the player," Schwartz told the Detroit Free Press. "... There are no updates and there haven't really been any changes. That's going to be an over-the-course-of-time thing; there won't be a week-to-week update. But he's still a big part of this team and our future."
Best had been sidelined since suffering a concussion in a game against San Francisco on Oct. 16. He also had a concussion during the preseason.
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