Detroit running back Jahvid Best, who had a breakout game just two weeks ago, has been sidelined with a concussion and a timeline for his return is uncertain. CBSSports.com is reporting that Best has been advised by “people close to him” to strongly consider sitting out the rest of the season after his second concussion in three months.
Asked about whether he’ll be ready this weekend for a game against Atlanta, his response was, “I have no idea.”
Concussion timetables are difficult to set, as they vary significantly from player to player and based on the severity of the concussion. This is Best’s third concussion overall, following one in the preseason this year, and one in 2009 in his senior year of college.
“We’ll have a whole protocol that he has to go through to get back on the field,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.
“Coming back from a concussion isn’t like coming back from a sprained ankle or a bad shoulder or a pulled hamstring. Some of those things you can tough out. You can’t tough out a concussion.”
Best ran for 555 yards last year, but had already rushed for 390 yards in six games this year including 163 yards on 12 carries against the Bears two weeks ago.
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