Lions running back Jahvid Best will participate in the start of the team’s off-season workout program, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Best missed the final 10 games of the 2011 season after suffering his second concussion of the league year. Given that Best missed the final four games of his college career with a concussion, there were rumors that his 2011 concussions could be career-ending.
That is not the case, though Best has not yet been fully cleared to resume his career.
“We’re just waiting on final clearance with Jahvid,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said last month. “It’s not like a hamstring where it’s a certain amount of time and a guy’s going to be ready. With the head you have to be careful and be smart. We’re not doing anything right now. There’s no need to rush to judgment on Jahvid’s situation. So we’re very optimistic. He’s doing very well. He feels great. He’s training right now and we’re looking forward to him being cleared.”
Best has been working out for months and should have no limitations in Phase One of the off-season workout program, which limits workouts to strength and conditioning and rehabilitation for the first two weeks. Whether or not Best will be able to participate in Phase Two of the program, which consists of limited on-field work with coaches and begins on April 30, is yet to be seen.
A 2010 first round pick out of Cal, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound Best has 255 carries for 945 yards and six touchdowns with 85 receptions for 774 yards and three touchdowns in his 22-game career.