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)
The uncertain future of Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best came up again this weekend. With Lions personnel down at the Senior Bowl, they took the opportunity to speak to a few running backs, adding to the belief that they will draft one in April. Although on paper the depth isn't bad at the position, the Lions don't know for sure right now if Best or Mikel Leshoure will be back at full health next season. What's more, according to Anwar Richardson, there is apparently some concern within the team that Best may not ever come back.
The Lions interviewed Washington running back Chris Polk, Ohio State running back Daniel Herron and Martin during this week's Senior Bowl in Mobile. Detroit running back Jahvid Best is still recovering from a series of concussions and many within the organization are concerned if he will play football again.
The only reason that one line about Best became a big story is because Pro Football Talk picked it up. In reality, this is nothing new. Nobody knows right now that Best will for sure return. If it were an ACL injury or even something like Leshoure is recovering from, it'd be a safe bet that Best would come back. Because he is recovering from yet another concussion, however, only time will tell if he can continue his career.
As of right now, I do expect Best to be cleared to play football again at some point. That's not my main concern. I'm more worried about what will happen if he does return. If Best were to suffer another concussion, his career would really seem to be in jeopardy. I suppose that's a risk for any player no matter what his history is, but considering that Best has had a few concussions now, that is something that everybody is going to keep in the back of their mind going forward.