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Jahvid Best on possible return: 'I am never giving up hope'

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Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best isn't giving up hope on a potential comeback.

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

The chances of Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best ever playing in an NFL game again are slim. He's been out since Week 6 of the 2011 season because of a concussion, and after not being cleared to return in 2012, there's no reason to expect him to be cleared in 2013. The Lions have seemingly moved on by signing Reggie Bush, and to say the very least, it would be a shock if we ever see Best in a game again.

While his chances of returning aren't great, Best isn't giving up on the idea that he will one day be back on the field. He recently told the Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel this and more at an event for recipients of the Ed Block Courage Award. (Best received the award for the Lions.)

"It's tough. I don't know what the future is going to hold for me," the 2010 first-round pick said. "It's been about a year and a half now, but I'm still working out like I'm playing next week. … I am never giving up hope. I'm staying ready so if the opportunity does present itself, I'll be ready."

Lions teammate Nate Burleson said earlier this offseason that he thinks Best should retire rather than risk his future health. Best isn't ready to walk away from the game just yet, though. That doesn't mean he will get a chance to actually return to the field, but he's not ready to completely dismiss the possibility.