Jim Schwartz optimistic Jahvid Best will return from concussions

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said he is hopeful Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure will return from injuries in 2012.

But he knows there are no guarantees right now. Best was shut down last season after multiple concussions and Leshoure was lost to a torn Achilles tendon in training camp. They were expected to give the Lions a talented backfield. Now, the Lions will have to monitor running backs in this draft class.

“The only caveat is Jahvid, which we’ve always talked about, concussions aren’t like torn ACLs or torn Achilles or rotator cuffs or hamstrings or anything else,” Schwartz said today at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “And that’s a timetable that we’ll still take a wait and see approach with. But all signs are good and we’re very optimistic that he’ll be back and contributing for us the way he was before he got injured.”

Best missed the final 10 games of the season after two concussions and he has yet to be cleared to return to football. Of course, in late February there is no one testing him to see if he can get back on the gridiron yet.

Leshoure should heal up and give the Lions a powerful back.

“We drafted Leshoure last year, a lot of people (were) inquisitively looking like, ‘Really? Running back? You have so many other needs.’ As long as there’s talent and we have a plan for a player, we can fit players in at any position.”

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