Report: Lions get good news with Jahvid Best

Here is some good news that isn’t in any way related to Peyton Manning or bounties.

It concerns Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best, who missed the final 10 games of the 2011 season after suffering a second concussion for the year. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Best has been medically cleared to work out.

While this doesn’t yet mean he will be lining up in the backfield for the Lions this coming season, he’s got the green light to join the offseason program, including minicamp and OTA’s.

Coach Jim Schwartz was optimistic about a return for Best when he spoke about him last month at the NFL Scouting Combine. Running back remains a question mark for Detroit as Mikel Leshoure, a second-round pick last year, missed the entire season with a torn Achilles tendon. If Best and Leshoure are at full strength, the Lions have a strong backfield. If not, the Lions could have issues.

Best had concussion issues while at Cal and the hope is he’ll remain healthy moving forward.

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