Lions don't have a timetable for Jahvid Best yet

No news isn’t necessarily good news for the Detroit Lions when it comes to the status of running back Jahvid Best.

The talented speedster has been sidelined with a concussion for the past three games since sustaining his second concussion of the year against the San Francisco 49ers. The Lions have been unable to provide any timetable for a potential return because, well, they don’t have one.

Head injuries are tricky business and when players suffer multiple concussions, the situation can become more serious. Best had at least one concussion during his college career at Cal that forced him to miss significant time.

"No, he did not make the trip (to Chicago for Sunday’s game) and that's been typical with our guys that are fighting concussions," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, according to Anwar Richardson of "That's one of the things that we're finding out isn't a great idea, it's just the whole travel issue and a lot of different things that sort of bother guys with concussions ... We're status quo with that. When we get clearance from the doctors, then we'll get him back, but he needs to be symptom-free before we get clearance from the doctors."

Best is still seeing medical experts to determine what is best for him. No one, to this point, has mentioned the possibility of the injury sending him into premature retirement.

"He's been to see a lot - a couple weeks ago," Schwartz said. "He's gotten a lot of different opinions and stuff, but he's back here now. We have the best people in the business looking at this and we're going to pay attention to those people."

Here's hoping Best remains healthy when he does return.

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