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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