(The above video is about Jahvid Best's career)
We all knew this day would come, the day that the Detroit Lions would announce that running back Jahvid Best would be out for a considerable length of time.
Due to several concussions and back-and-forth diagnoses and recovery attempts, Best, the Lions' top pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, will sit out the first six weeks of the season, according to a report from ESPN's Kevin Seifert.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has expressed concern about Best's health. So has head coach Jim Schwartz.
And as for the six-week hiatus -- might as well call this season a bust. I can't see Best returning, no matter what. It's a shame, too. He is an exciting player to watch. He possesses great speed and is a realistic home-run threat each time he touches the ball.
But it's time to call it quits. Best should hang up his cleats before he does more damage to his already-fragile brain. We all know the after-affects of concussions, and if Best keeps playing, he's likely to suffer -- even more -- when he gets older.
It was fun. But now it's time to go.
I've talked with former Lions players, and one told me that he had "over 20" concussions while playing in the NFL. He said he had a 1,000-page document from the league which chronicled head-related -- and other -- injuries during his tenure with the Lions. He also said that the league doesn't supply players with such documents anymore. At least not 100-percent willingly.
There is no way of knowing from our vantage point whether the extra time on the PUP will work to Best's advantage or merely delay the inevitable. But concern should grow every time it appears that his projected return has been pushed back. At this point, anything the Lions get from Best this season should be considered a bonus.
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