RB Jahvid Best on PUP; OT Jonathan Scott on NFI

Posted by ttwentyman on July 27, 2012 – 2:54 pm

Running back Jahvid Best will join rookie cornerback Chris Greenwood and rookie defensive end Ronnell Lewis on the physically unable to perform list as the Lions begin training camp practice this afternoon. Offensive tackle Jonathan Scott will join rookie receiver Ryan Broyles on the non-football injury list.

Best has not been cleared for contact as of yet after missing the team’s final 10 games of the regular season and the their playoff game against the Saints last year after suffering his second concussion of the season Week 6 against the 49ers.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Thursday that Best “still had a hurdle to go” to be cleared for contact.

“We’ll just wait and see,” Schwartz said. “It’s not just one single thing. It’s sort of a whole battery and a whole process and there are a lot of people involved in that. He has input from a lot of experts around the country, not just our team doctors.”

It’s unclear when Best will be cleared for contact. He can come off the PUP list at any point during the preseason and will still be eligible to play Week 1 of the regular season against the Rams. If Best’s stay on the PUP is extended into the regular season, he’ll be required to miss the first six weeks of the regular season.

Scott likely found himself on the NFI list for not passing the conditioning test conducted with all veteran players Friday morning. The Lions acquired the free agent Scott Tuesday and he would have had to pass a physical in order to sign his contract, so it’s unlikely he’s suffering from an injury that would have put him on NFI.

Best told reporters this offseason that he expected to be cleared for contact. He participated fully in the team’s offseason training program, though those practices were non-contact.


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9 Responses to “RB Jahvid Best on PUP; OT Jonathan Scott on NFI”

  1. By johnnycash19 on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    Not good news for Best. As a fan, I want to see him on the field ASAP. But as a person, that’s scary, he hasn’t played football in 10 or so months. I hope he gets healthy, because concussions are a scary thing.

  2. By Oldcat on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    As unfortunate as it is for many reasons, Best is one more concussion away from his career coming to an end. Does anyone actually think it isn’t just a matter of time, likely sooner than later?

  3. By J.R. on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    I really like best but I really think his career should be cut short for his own health and another back brought in to replace him. Yes that hurts me to say that but I feel it is the right thing.

  4. By DetroitForLifeAMS on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    I like watching Best a lot but maybe a short career is for the best, health is no.1 and id hate to see something happen where hes either paralyzed or in a coma. Much respect to you Best and i hope to see you 100 percent.

  5. By DON on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    Consider the history of concussions and consider that this last one has produced a very slow return to action–if ever. This appears to be a very, very hazardous situation for Jahvid, now and going forward. If it takes this long, the seriousness of this last one is more than we think. Hopefully they are not just trying to find a loop hole in his health to get him back on the field.

  6. By Cory on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    Hmmmmm, not a mathematician but that essentially leaves us with 24K for the start of the first two games of the season right? Leshoure is out due to his need to party outside of his house and Best is naturally concussed for the rest of his career. Can you see backless?

  7. By biggrrob on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    Best is a none factor and was when he got hurt lets face it he is a bust!!! this is a business listen Detroit Cut your Losses and Cut Best his career is over . Sorry i am too big a fan to let pity play a role in a decision that is this important for our run in the play-offs . Ten months out and this kid still cant play ? It is a matter of time when we lose him anyway . Maybe we can find some desperate team to dump him off on if not cut him and move on .

  8. By Marshall Boyd on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    All three of our RB’s have had serious injuries in their short careers. I wish that we could pick up Tomlinson for one season. He’d fit in great as he can rush and catch passes. He’d also be a great resource of knowledge for our three young backs. I wish all of our guys the best. Go Lions!

  9. By Dean Ford on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Best is a very shifty running back, and can break ankles on people, but one more hit and this guy is done.

    I hope he can have a better year , If not we may need to sign Billy Sim’s.

    Dean Ford superstar for a far better deal !

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