After blazing start, Best running on empty

Posted Nov. 22, 2010 @ 1:34 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

After Week Two, Jahvid Best had the look of a fantasy monster. Now, his season can only be described as disappointing.

A first-round pick in 2010, Best exploded for 232 yards from scrimmage and three TDs in the Lions' second game of the season. But he suffered turf toe injuries the next week, and he has not been the same since. Best has not scored in his last eight games, nor has he managed 100 scrimmage yards in any of those contests. He's been playing hurt, and it has showed.

Following his outing Sunday in which he had just seven touches for 17 yards, it was revealed that Best's turf toe has actually been getting worse, and it may require Detroit to rest him for a while in order for the ailment to heal up. Considering that he is the team's future at running back, Detroit isn't going to take any chances on him, especially when he hasn't been producing.

It likely means that the Lions will turn to veteran Maurice Morris, who had 14 touches for 71 yards Sunday at Dallas, to be their lead dog in the coming weeks. He wouldn't be a bad addition for Best owners, who at least won't have to continue putting the rookie in their lineup only to watch him falter week after week.