Last week, the expectation was for Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best to find out the results of his latest concussions tests on Friday. That didn't end up happening, though. This led to an expectation that we would hear something on Monday during Jim Schwartz's afternoon press conference. Once again, that didn't happen.
Schwartz said on Monday that the Lions are still waiting to hear back from doctors on Best's status. Specifically, Schwartz said that he's not in the loop as far as what the decision will be since it's ultimately up to the doctors. Here's more of what Schwartz said:
I'm not quite sure how to take this news. On the one hand, it doesn't exactly look promising if doctors are still talking about whether or not to clear Best considering it's been a week since the tests. Obviously we don't know how much goes into examining the results or how many people are involved, but if it was an easy decision to clear him, wouldn't it have happened by now?
The other possibility is that Schwartz is keeping things under wraps for now. While it doesn't necessarily seem likely given the nature of Best's injury, it wouldn't be the first time Schwartz has done something like this to gain a competitive advantage. According to Tim Twentyman, Schwartz said that the Lions may not hear anything about Best until Wednesday when they return to practice. While it may be a stretch, I wouldn't put it past Schwartz to wait until Wednesday to share news on Best simply to throw off the Chicago Bears' game planning.
The one thing that is clear is that we are going to have to continue waiting to hear about Best's status going forward. I'm still not very confident in him being cleared, but nothing appears to be set in stone one way or another right now.