Allen Park, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions will not allow running
back Jahvid Best to return to action once he is eligible to come back from the
physically unable to perform list this week.
"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 Monday statement.
"Throughout this entire process we always have placed the highest priority on
what is best for Jahvid from a health and safety standpoint. 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 medical and training staffs with the
hope that he ultimately will be cleared to return to the playing field."
The Lions placed Best on the PUP in late August, after concerns due to
concussion problems which cut short his 2011 season. Once on the list, a
player is not eligible to play for the first six weeks of the regular season.
Sunday's win at Philadelphia was the final game Best was slated to miss due to
A 2010 first-round draft pick of the Lions, Best has rushed for 945 yards and
six touchdowns in 22 career games.
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