At the beginning of the 2012 season, the Detroit Lions placed running back Jahvid Best on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) List. By placing Best on the list, they would not be able to activate him until Week 6. Best was not cleared by doctors after Week 6, and now faces the ultimate decision for his season and possibly his career.
On Tuesday, the Lions are forced with the task of clearing Best for practice so they can take him off of the PUP List. If a team of independent doctors do not clear Best for practice, he would have to be placed on season ending IR (Injured Reserve).
Best has not played in a NFL game since the 2011 Week 6 match-up versus the San Francisco 49ers. Since that time, Best has been ruled out due to post concussion symptoms. Best missed part of the 2010 season with a turf toe injury. The running back missed part of his College Football senior season with a concussion.
In the 2010 season, Best rushed 171 times for 555 yards. The running back had four touchdowns that season on the ground, and also scored twice while catching 58 passes for 487 yards. In the 2011 season, Best had 84 rushes for 390 yards, with two touchdowns.
Since showing promise in his first two NFL seasons, Best has been the target of many Lions’ fans criticisms. It appears that the former College Football star will be an injury risk going forward. The Lions moved up in the draft to take him and appear to have drafted a bust.
The Lions moved up in the 2010 NFL Draft to take Best, as their number one running back. Minnesota Vikings traded the 30th pick overall, along with the 128th pick for Detroit’s 34th, 100th, and 214th picks in the draft. Ndamukong Suh was taken with the second overall pick by the Lions in that year’s draft. Two running backs were taken ahead of Best (C.J. Spiller 9th, Ryan Mathews 12th). Lions head coach Jim Schwartz had this to say after drafting Best, “Some people watch adult videos on their computer, I go to YouTube and watch Jahvid Best highlight clips. That’s what gets me going.”
Best was dominant at the University of California, where he spent three years before leaving early. Best led the Pac 10 Conference in rushing yards in 2008, and broke numerous Pac 10 and California records for rushing yards and all purpose yards.
My guess is Best does not get cleared for practice on Tuesday. The Lions are spending a lot of money to have Best on the Injured Reserve List. Here’s hoping Best will realize he can’t play anymore and will decide to retire.