Lions moving closer to Jahvid Best opening season on PUP list

With each day that passes the Detroit Lions come another step closer to beginning the regular season with running back Jahvid Best on the physically unable to perform list.

That would mean the earliest he could hit the field would be following Week 6. Best has not been cleared to return to football activities yet so he’s not practicing and there is no clear timetable for a return that most everyone expected would happen at the start of training camp.

Particularly with concussions, time is always beneficial,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said after practice today, according to the Detroit News. “We have seen that with a lot of guys who have come back. This would buy us time if we had to cross that hurdle.”

Schwartz tried to remain upbeat about Best, saying he is “doing great” and “working out hard” but there is only so much a player can do when he’s not participating in practice. A determination on his PUP status is due Aug. 31 – a week from Friday – when final roster cuts are due.

If Bell is sidelined past Week 6, he’ll be roughly a year removed from the concussion that sent him to the sideline last season. It’s serious business and hopefully he’s in position to be cleared soon.

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