It's now official: Jahvid Best will not play football in 2012. It was pretty obvious after he wasn't cleared in October that Best wouldn't return to action in 2012, and the Detroit Lions made it official on Friday by announcing that he is going to remain on the PUP list.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew released the following statement on this news:
"There has been subsequent evaluation and consultation regarding Jahvid since our last update (October 15). 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.
"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."
At this point, I seriously doubt that Best will ever play football again in the NFL. The last concussion he suffered was more than a year ago, and he has been out ever since. Best has made it sound like he isn't actually experiencing concussion-like symptoms, yet he hasn't been able to get cleared to play. It just seems highly unlikely that anything will change before next season and doctors will clear him.
That, of course, is quite a ways down the road. From a football standpoint, I hope something does change that allows him to return to the field for the Lions. From a health standpoint, however, it's probably for the best that Best doesn't continue playing.