Lions RB Jahvid Best to be placed on season-ending IR

Posted by ttwentyman on November 25, 2011 – 3:30 pm

The Lions have pulled the plug on the rest of the 2011 season for Jahvid Best, placing their starting running back on season-ending injured reserve.

Best has missed the team’s last five games since suffering a concussion in the second half of a Week 6 loss to the 49ers.

It was Best’s second concussion of the season. He suffered his first in training camp.

Best had a run of concussion-related issues during his junior season at Cal, so the team has been very cautious and patient in his recovery. The team has described Best’s recovery as week-to-week since the 49ers game.

“From the outset, we have been appropriately cautious and have followed all medical protocol with respect to Jahvid’s injury,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Friday. “We look forward to his continued improvement and eventual return to the field.”

The Lions have certainly missed Best’s big-play capabilities over the last five weeks, especially in the pass game.

At the time of his injury, Best ranked third on the team with 27 catches for 287 yards. He was coming off a 163-yard performance in a Monday Night victory over the Bears, which included a 88-yard touchdown run.

Best played through two separate turf-toe injuries during his rookie season in 2010, which severely limited his effectiveness after a Week 3 victory over the Eagles.

It’s been a tough two seasons for Best.

He was averaging 4.6 yards per carry with 390 yards rushing and two touchdowns before suffering the second concussion Oct. 16.

Because of the holiday weekend, Best’s transition to the injured reserve list isn’t expected to become official until next week. The Lions have not announced a subsequent roster move.

The expectation is for Best to be available to speak with the media early next week.

With running back Kevin Smith suffering an ankle injury against the packers, the Lions will start their week of preparations for the Saints next week with just two healthy backs in Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams.

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10 Responses to “Lions RB Jahvid Best to be placed on season-ending IR”

  1. By Scott on Nov 25, 2011 | Reply

    Brian Urlacher did this to Best, and replied to reporters no remose and would continue doing it, legal or not…so where’s the media claiming he and the Bears are dirty players? or is it just the Lions and Raiders the refs pick on?

  2. By detlions4life on Nov 25, 2011 | Reply

    On Thanksgiving..The Detroit Lions beat the Detroit Lions, Once we get a good healthy back, he gets injured, Kevin Smith, then absolutely everyone in our secondary got injured, then all of our penalties finished the job…….

  3. By BILL IRWIN on Nov 25, 2011 | Reply


  4. By G. Money on Nov 25, 2011 | Reply

    So, it ends.

  5. By jdog on Nov 25, 2011 | Reply

    That sucks.

  6. By elliott on Nov 25, 2011 | Reply

    How do they put a guy on IR at this point in the season. Its a concussion for crying out loud. He might be good to go in a couple weeks. Yes hes had a few of them…. yes its his long term health but to give up on the guy when the playoffs are around the corner. Come on…. this is bull. Lions need Best if they want to do anything in the post season.

  7. By maximus20 on Nov 27, 2011 | Reply

    They must have someone else ready to come in because they wouldn’t place Best on IR without a back up plan better than an injured Jones. Hopefully a strong full back

  8. By luke on Nov 28, 2011 | Reply


  9. By Tabetha on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    We miss you Best!!! You are one of my favs!!!! Get better soon!! I look forward to the day you get back on the field.

  10. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    This is the make or break year for Jahvid in my eyes, were rooting for you kid! GO LIONS!!!!!!

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