DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 10: Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions celebrates his third quarter touchdown while playing the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on October 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 24-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Although Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best had missed the last five games because of a concussion, the hope was that he would be able to return in the next couple weeks. That won't be happening, though. The Lions announced today that Best has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
The concussion that Best suffered against the San Francisco 49ers is responsible for ending his season. It was the second concussion he suffered in a span of a couple months, as he also had one during the preseason. There were whispers of his season being over because of the concussion shortly after the injury happened, but that seemed like a stretch at the time. Now, though, it is reality with Best headed to IR.
"From the outset, we have been appropriately cautious and have followed all medical protocol with respect to Jahvid’s injury," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Friday. "We look forward to his continued improvement and eventual return to the field."
In six games this season, Best rushed for 390 yards and two touchdowns on 84 carries. He also had 287 yards and one touchdown on 27 catches.