The plan was to get the running back ready by training camp during the offseason, but Best just hasn’t been able to fully recover. After going through more treatment and testing during the first nine weeks of the regular season, the Lions staff ruled that it would be best, not just for his career, but for his physically well being if he sat out for the rest of the season. Lions general manager, Martin Mayhew was obviously disappointed by the news (via nationalfootballpost.com).
“As has been the case throughout, we have deferred to the medical experts and support their current recommendation that Jahvid not return to the field this season,” Mayhew said. “Javhid’s approach to this situation and his adherence to the process and protocol have been exemplary.
“No one has worked harder or shown more dedication than Jahvid has over the past year. As disappointing as this decision is for us and Jahvid we do believe it is in his long-term best interest.”
The news is leaving some wondering if this is the end of the career for Best, who averaged over 100 yards per scrimmage in six games last season. He was an important part of the Lions offense that exploded to win their first five games of the season.
What is more important, however, is ensuring that Best is able to live a healthy life post-football. The NFL has been dealing with the lingering affects of “post-concussion syndrome” for some of its former players. It would obviously be nice to see the talented back on the field again, but at this point, it’s hard to imagine him suiting up again.