The big news this week was the Detroit Lions' release of RB Jahvid Best.
While the news was not a surprise (Best has not played in a regular season game since October of 2011), it still brought with it a pang of sadness for what could have been.
Via Twitter, the 25-year-old athlete sent a heartfelt message to his supporters:
"Thanks for all the love and support! DET was awesome #lionatheart"
Columnist Mike O'Hara summed up Best's time with this Lions in his Wednesday column, Jahvid Best will be remembered for what kind of player he might have been.
Said O'Hara, "His signature moment – one that defined the role he could have played – came in the Lions' 24-13 win over the Bears in Game 5 against the Bears at Ford Field in 2010.
"It was a Monday Night TV game, and the Lions had the city and much of the NFL buzzing with their 4-0 start. Best was the star of the night, with 12 carries for 163 yards.
"An 88-yard TD run sealed the game for the Lions. Best broke through a hole at the line and hit sixth gear in two strides. He was headed for the end zone before the Bears' defense could react.
"That night gave a sign of what the Lions might have in their offense for seasons to come. Unfortunately, Best played only one more game. He was hurt the next week in the loss to the 49ers."
- With the countdown to Detroit Lions' training camp winding down, Senior writer Tim Twentyman is taking a position-by-position look at the roster. This week he covered running backs, quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends and tackles. He will close out the offense Sunday with guards and centers.
- Tim Twentyman also answered training camp questions -- number of wins this season, who wins starting spots, etc. -- in his 10 Questions feature this week.
- One significant piece of the puzzle for the Lions in 2013 will be their group of young players.
- As fans and media alike gear up for camps to open, opinions and polls are popping up everywhere. How relevant are they?
Matthew Staffordremained in the headlines. Tim Twentyman says Stafford's next step is to lead and sustain a consistent winner in Detroit. Stafford says he's also looking forward to throwing fewer passes this season.
- The Lions and the Big Ten announced a bowl game that will take place at Ford Field beginning in 2014.
- As the Pro Football Hall of Fame gears up to induct a new class, Mike O'Hara looks at Bill Parcells' beginning in Detroit and how that helped push him into coaching success.