Detroit Lions running-back Jahvid Best will not play football for the remainder of this season, as he is still on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Best has been burdened with multiple concussions over the years, during a time where head injury awareness is at an all time high in football. Whether it be high school football, or the NFL, concussion type injuries are being taken very seriously, as they should be.
After having two concussions in 2011 alone, Best, the former California Golden Bear, will spend another season and off-season trying to get healthy now. It’s sad, because Best has enormous upside to be one of the more explosive and threatening running-backs in the game. Unfortunately, he has only played in 22 games in his three year career.
Below is a video of the first bad head injury that Best suffered in a game during his college days.
Since this injury, it has been a battle for the Vallejo, California native to stay on the field.
The Detroit Lions had one of the best passing offenses in the league last season, as Matthew Stafford threw for 5038 yards, and wide-receiver Calvin Johnson caught 16 touchdowns.
After drafting running-back Mikel Leshoure in 2011 and having hope that Best would be back on the field, Lions fans and players were excited about the possibility of having a balanced attack. Something they lacked in 2011.
Could a balanced run-game take the Lions to the Superbowl? It appears we will not find out this season.
Without Best, the Lions will look to Leshoure to continue being the featured back, and also look for help from Wayne State University rookie, Joique Bell. On the season, the two have only combined for 421 yards and 2 touchdowns.
For the Lions to get back into playoff contention, they must get some productivity from their run-game.
Although we will not see Jahvid pounding the rock this year, it may be a good thing for the man to get a legitimate amount of recovery time. Get well soon Mr. Best.