Jahvid Best 'not worried' about return from concussions

Jahvid Best says the two concussions he suffered last season were nothing like the one he had as a junior at Cal.

So, the Detroit Lions running back figures he is going to be just fine as he returns to action in 2012, his third season in the NFL.

Best has yet to be cleared for contact some eight months after he suffered a concussion in Week 6 a year ago. But right now, there’s no need for that clearance in the middle of the club’s offseason program. He expects to be given a green light before training camp.

Best said that he was knocked unconscious when he suffered a concussion that prematurely ended his junior season at Cal.

“That (concussion I had in October) was not even close to what it was like when I had the one in college,” Best said, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “That’s why I’m, personally, not worried about it.

“That one (in college), I was actually unconscious, so that was totally different. But that’s why I’m not worried about it. If I can come back from that one, then this one should be a piece of cake.”

By Best’s count, he’s had three concussions in his career – the one in college and two last year, the first during preseason.

“There may have been” others, he said. “I may have got one when I was a little kid skateboarding, so nobody really knows. But as far as on paper, I just had that one (before last year).”

The Lions drafted Mikel Leshoure in the second round last season to give them a 1-2 punch in their ground game. Leshoure wound up missing the entire season with a torn Achilles tendon. He’s working his way back from that but he could face a suspension at the start of the season for two offseason marijuana arrests.

Finally though, the Lions could get a real look at their talented backfield this season. That would give another dimension to the offense.

Best said he doesn’t consider himself at all related to the slew of former players suing the NFL because of head injuries because he is not “impaired.” Hopefully, he remains healthy moving forward because another concussion could make the player and the team think twice about his future.

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