Jahvid Best, the Detroit Lions' concussion-prone running back, has former Lions coach Steve Mariucci in his corner, according to a report from MLive.com's Josh Slagter.
Mariucci watched concussions end former San Francisco 49ers legendary quarterback Steve Young's career, and he hopes that doesn't become true for Best, who is expected to miss at least six weeks of the regular season after being placed on the PUP (physically unable to play) list.
"I'm keeping my fingers crossed," Mariucci told Bill Simonson of the HUGE Show, according to Slagter. "I used to watch him at Cal. I remember the day he got hurt at Cal and the whole stadium was quiet. I hope to God he becomes healthy enough to continue."
Mariucci later added: "The Lions need a guy like (Best). When he's healthy, they're a better team.
"We all know they throw the ball very well. The better they run the football, the more complete they'll be. And it's a must if they want to take the next step."
Best suffered another concussion Oct. 16 against the 49ers and hasn't played since.
It's doubtful that Best will return this season. His best bet -- when taking into account his health -- would be to retire from the game. It's hard to keep a guy as compeititve as he is off the field, but unfortnutate bouts with concussions have all but derailed his NFL career.
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