Lions Camp: Best Sits, Team Gets iPads
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Jim Schwartz (Tim Fuller, USPW)
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Posted Jul 28, 2012


As Jahvid Best was forced to sit, his teammates replaced their playbook binders with iPads. But according to Chris Houston, it's all work and no play. "You can’t play no Angry Birds, no internet, none of that,” joked the veteran cornerback. The technology also left WR Nate Burleson feeling a bit ... old. More inside ...

Jahvid Best’s Status

ALLEN PARK -- As the Detroit Lions opened training camp on Friday, running back Jahvid Best was forced to watch from the sidelines.

Best was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, which restricts him from taking part in any team activities.

Best was placed on Inured Reserve last season after suffering a concussion and has yet to be cleared for physical contact.

“Well I can’t get back out there until I get cleared,” said Best. “I’m working as hard as I can to be cleared and once I am I will be back out there.”

Best participated in positional drills during the team’s minicamp a few weeks ago and claims he hasn’t had any setbacks.

Many specialists, including some outside of the team, have been consulted.

“I’ve talked of thousand of doctors,” said Best. “Not literally but I’ve talked to a bunch of doctors. Now it’s just waiting to get cleared, as soon as I get cleared I’ll be back out there.”

There is no clear timeline on when Best will be able to return but he does seem optimistic that he will play again soon.

Team Gets iPads

The Detroit Lions traded in their normal, three-ring binder playbooks for brand new Apple iPads.

The iPads – touch screen computer tablets - allow players to have convenient access to the team’s playbook as well as film, notes and other beneficial material in one compact location.

“It’s cool,” said Justin Durant. “It’s 2012, technology is crazy. It’s real cool, it’s real convenient, just being able to have all that information on one little device. Being able to log into it and being able to write and pull up the film.”

The benefits are undeniable but some players have a tiny problem.

“It kind of ages me a little bit,” said wide receiver Nate Burleson. “Being that I’m about to be 31, when I came in, we weren’t even close to the iPad, I don’t even think iPhone was out, let alone the IPad.”

The advance in technology will make grueling camp life a little more easy for the team but won’t help provide entertainment.

“You can’t play no Angry Birds, no internet, none of that,” said cornerback Chris Houston. “I like it, because communication is better.”

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