Twentyman: What does the future hold for RB Jahvid Best?

Posted Nov 2, 2012

The Lions have ended any hope that Jahvid Best will play this season by making the decision to keep their running back on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. Best had until Tuesday to return to the field or remain on the PUP for the rest of the season.

“There has been subsequent evaluation and consultation regarding Jahvid since our last update (October 15),” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said in a statement Friday. “As has been the case throughout, we have deferred to the medical experts and support their current recommendation that Jahvid not return to the field this season.

Friday’s news doesn’t come as a big surprise after Best didn’t get his clearance to come off PUP when first allowed by the collective bargaining agreement following the team’s Week 6 win at Philadelphia.

“Jahvid’s approach to this situation and his adherence to the process and protocol have been exemplary,” Mayhew continued. “No one has worked harder or shown more dedication than Jahvid has over the past year. As disappointing as this decision is for us and Jahvid, we do believe it is in his long-term best interest.”

The only question now is what's to become of Best’s long-term football future? The statement did not include any plans for Best beyond this season or the possibility that he could even play again next season.

It’s understandable to think the Lions will need to make a decision on his long-term football future before the draft and free agency period begin this upcoming offseason.

The Lions have greatly missed Best's speed and versatility as a receiver out of the backfield. He had 945 rushing yards and 774 receiving yards with nine touchdowns in just 22 career games his first two seasons since the Lions drafted him in the first round in 2010.