Jim Schwartz says Jahvid Best doing everything teammates are

There is a lot of speculation about the future of running back Jahvid Best, who was forced to the sideline for the majority of last season after multiple concussions.

General manager Martin Mayhew was vague about Best’s situation last week. But coach Jim Schwartz, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, is adamant that Best is participating in all the workout activities his teammates are in the club’s voluntary offseason program.

He's doing the same things everybody else is doing," Schwartz said. “We're not practicing, but the coaches and everybody else, we've (been) in draft meetings. Martin's been in draft meetings the last week. So everybody made a big deal about, 'Oh, he hadn't seen him.' Well, that's because players are working out and everybody else is getting ready for the draft. But (Best's) working.”

A couple points here are worth considering. First, like Schwartz said, the Lions are not practicing. It’s one thing for Best to be cleared to do conditioning drills and work out in the gym with teammates. It will be another thing for him to be cleared for football activities, particularly the kind that take place in training camp.

Second, if the Lions do have concerns regarding Best, they surely want to keep those under wraps entering the draft. Admitting there might be doubt about Best’s future could tip their hand in the draft where they might be led to seek help anyway because Mikel Leshoure, a second-round pick from a year ago, faces felony marijuana charges.

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