Report: Lions RB Best cleared to resume workouts

Posted March 07, 2012 @ 11:46 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Lions RB Jahvid Best has been cleared to work out after missing the final 10 games of 2011 with another concussion, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

Best will be able to take part in the Lions' OTAs, minicamps and training camp. He has yet to be cleared to return to football, though the report indicates that Best is expected to fully participate.

Best sustained a concussion on Oct. 16 in Detroit's loss to the 49ers and was put on injured reserve in November. A concussion forced him to miss time during the preseason as well and in his college days at California.

As a rookie in 2010, Best battled toe injuries and rushed for 555 yards and totaled 487 receiving yards and six total touchdowns. Last season, Best had 390 yards rushing on 84 carries in six starts. He went 27-287-1 receiving.

At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, head coach Jim Schwartz said the team was optimistic that Best would be back and contributing. The Lions also hope to get RB Mikel Leshoure back. Leshoure tore his Achilles tendon in training camp leading into his rookie season.