Jahvid Best Expects To Be Cleared For Contact Before Training Camp

Following Monday's OTA session, Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best talked to the media about concussions. He had his season ended early in 2011 because of a concussion, which was his second in the span of a couple months (he also suffered one in the preseason). Best said that on paper, it was his third diagnosed concussion. Despite ending his season, he isn't too worried about it because it didn't even come close to being as bad as the one he suffered in college at California.

"That (concussion I had in October) was not even close to what it was like when I had the one in college," Best said. "That’s why I’m, personally, not worried about it.

"That one (in college), I was actually unconscious, so that was totally different. But that’s why I’m not worried about it. If I can come back from that one, then this one should be a piece of cake."

Best has been free of concussion-like symptoms and is expecting to be cleared for contact prior to training camp. He also expects to try out different helmets in order to find the one that will do the best job of preventing another concussion. That's really the most important thing going forward if he does end up being cleared for contact. A concussion can happen on even the simplest of hits, but at this point, after suffering three concussions in his career, it's necessary for Best to take as many precautions as he can to avoid future issues.

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