Jahvid Best to Miss Upcoming Game vs. Atlanta
Detroit Lions starting running back Jahvid Best has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons due to a concussion, already his second of the 2011 NFL season.
Best, 22, suffered his recent concussion after a one-yard run during his team’s ugly loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and was sidelined from practice for the entire week.
Head coach Jim Schwartz says Best will play when given medical clearance but given the severity of concussions, it’s been in question whether Best could even return this season.
Despite the concerns, Best’s agent, Tony Fleming says he expects the speedy, second-year pro to be on the field again later this season.
“Caution is being taken of course, but he should be OK soon,” Fleming wrote in an email to The Associated Press.
In addition to Best’s injury, backup RB Jerome Harrison recently discovered a brain tumor that will keep him out for the remainder of the season.
Coach Schwartz said Friday that Harrison was in “very good spirits,” but any details on his condition would have to come from the player. Citing NFL sources it did not identify, ESPN reported this week that Harrison’s tumor was revealed when he had a physical after being dealt this week by Detroit to Philadelphia in a trade that was voided by that discovery.
In the wake of their losses, Detroit, currently 5-1 and seated second behind the Packers in the NFC North, will be leaning heavily on running backs Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams to get their ground game going.