Best's presence at Wednesday's practice a good sign

Posted Nov 16, 2011

Running back Jahvid Best didn't practice on Wednesday, but he was present on the field for the first time since suffering a concussion Week 6 against San Francisco.

While that sets nothing in stone as far as a return date, it is a good sign that Best is feeling better.

Head Coach Jim Schwartz has mentioned that players who suffer from concussions are held back from team functions due to the sensitivity from light, sound, etc., which is why Best hasn't been at practices and why he didn't make the trip to Chicago with the team last weekend.

"That's been typical with our guys that are fighting concussions," said Schwartz on Monday. "That's one of the things that we're finding out isn't a great idea, is the whole travel issue and a lot of different things that bother guys with concussions."

Best has been to specialists through his recovery process and Schwartz has been black-and-white regarding when he will be back on the field.

"We're status quo with that," he said. "When we get clearance from the doctors, then we'll get him back. But he needs to be symptom-free before we get clearance from the doctors."

Whether that is this week or further down the line, the fact that Best was on the field for Wednesday's practice is a good step toward his personal health and recovery.