Jahvid Best will be fully cleared in June

The Detroit Lions are hopeful that running back Jahvid Best will be fully cleared for contact next month before the team’s minicamp.

General manager Martin Mayhew said in a radio appearance on WJR-AM that doctors said it made sense to wait until June. Because there is no contact allowed in voluntary offseason workouts, Best is theoretically prevented from contact drills right now.

“He’s been doing everything in the off-season program, and we expect he’ll be cleared sometime probably in June,” Mayhew said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “We look forward to having him on the field.

"Those doctors felt like it just made sense to do that in June. It gives him the most time. We are not doing anything that involves any contact, and he’s been cleared to do everything that we’re doing right now.”

Best suffered two concussions last year before being shut down. There have been questions about his long-term ability with the club. The Lions face an issue with Mikel Leshoure, the back they selected in the second round last year to pair with Best. He is returning from a torn Achilles tendon but faces felony marijuana charges in Michigan.

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