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Best to Play in Preseason Finale for Lions

Coach Jim Schwartz said running back Jahvid Best will play in Thursday’s exhibition finale at Buffalo according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.

Best hasn’t played since suffering a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit from Browns cornerback Joe Haden during the Lions’ first offensive snap in the second exhibition at Cleveland.

Best, who suffered a concussion his junior year at Cal, has returned to practice for a week under the watchful eye of coaches and trainers. He missed Saturday’s exhibition against New England and said he’s eager to return — although he said he is neither anxious, nor curious, about absorbing his next hit.

“I’m just looking forward to playing again,” Best said Tuesday. “Whether I get a big shot or don’t even get touched — hopefully I don’t even get touched — I’m not worried about that at all.”

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