Schwartz will not put a timetable on Best's return

Posted Oct 31, 2011

When pressed about the possibility of Jahvid Best's return following the Lions' Week 9 bye, Head Coach Jim Schwartz refrained from specifics.

"We'll see," he said. "Again, it's one of those things that you can't really have a timetable on."

Schwartz makes it a point not make false promises when it comes to players returning from injury, but he goes one step further when that injury is a concussion.

Schwartz's philosophy coincides with that of the NFL. Because the risk of playing with a concussion is so high, countless tests are exhausted to insure a player is safe to return to the football field.

"I say it all the time, but I'll say it again," he said, "it's not something that you can put tape around; it's not something that you can tough out. It's a situation that we have to be conservative (with) and I think that's good for our players, that's good for Jahvid, it's good for the NFL."

Best has missed two games since suffering a concussion against San Francisco on October 16.

Schwartz says they will continue to evaluate the second-year running back until they get the go-ahead from the medical staff that Best can play.

"(We) went through it with Justin Durant, we've gone through it with (Tony) Scheffler," said Schwartz. "We've had some players come back quickly, some players that lasted a little bit longer.

"But the one thing we'll be sure to do is be objective and listen to the people that are experts in those decisions."