Jahvid Best on sideline after concussion Friday night
Jahvid Best was held out of practice Sunday by the Detroit Lions after the running back suffered a concussion on the first play from scrimmage Friday against the Cleveland Browns.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz downplayed the situation, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, but as the report indicates Best missed the final four games of his junior season at Cal after suffering a concussion vs. Oregon State. When Best returns to the field for the Lions, we don’t know. Detroit already lost second-round draft pick Mikel Leshoure to a season-ending torn Achilles tendon.
"When he was originally on the sideline he was, I don't want to say bell-rung, but he was bell-rung and then he recovered pretty quickly," Schwartz said. "At that point we weren't going to put him back in the game, but then he started to experience a little headache, so we took him in (the locker room) and declared him out of the game, but by the next day he was clearing up. I think that's a big thing."
Best was on the field for two more plays after the injury against the Browns, carrying both plays and fumbling. Per the report, Best said he would have continued to play if it was a regular-season games and he did not have “severe symptoms” after the game.
"Usually the guys in my experience and the experience we've had with guys that have been concussed is usually they finish the game and they feel fine right after the game and the next day they come in and they haven't slept and all the classic symptoms, and he's been different," Schwartz said. "But we'll take it slow with him, just based on his situation from a couple years ago. We'll just be very, very cautious with him. But we should have him back on the practice field pretty soon."
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