Lions RB Jahvid Best has not been cleared for contact by doctors, the team announced Monday.
Best began the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list and would be eligible to return to practice this week. Lions GM Martin Mayhew released the following statement:
"After today's consultation with medical experts, including representatives from our medical and training staffs, it has been determined that Jahvid will not be permitted to return to play at this time.
"Throughout this entire process we always have placed the highest priority on what is best for Jahvid from a health and safety standpoint. While today's decision is disappointing from a football perspective, we fully and entirely respect and support this recommendation.
"Jahvid will continue to work with our medical and training staffs with the hope that he ultimately will be cleared to return to the playing field."
Best, a third-year player, saw his 2011 season cut short because of concussions. In 22 career games he has 945 rushing yards, 774 receiving hards and nine total touchdowns. Mikel Leshoure has been the team’s starting tailback in Best’s absence.