Is he out? Best 'advised' to sit out year

Jahvid Best (Andrew Weber, US Presswire)

According to a CBSsports.com report, Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best "has been advised by people close to him to 'strongly consider sitting out the year'" after suffering his second concussion of the year.

In 24 hours, the Detroit Lions went from solidifying its offensive backfield to potentially not having one at all.

One day after learning that their trade for Philadelphia running back Ronnie Brown was voided after a failed physical by back-up RB Jerome Harrison, a blow to the penciled-in tandem of Brown and starter Jahvid Best, the team might have lost Best, too.

CBSsports.com's Mike Freeman reported the second year running back "has been advised by people close to him to 'strongly consider sitting out the year.'" Best suffered a concussion during Sunday's loss to San Francisco, his second this year.

The report didn't identify those close to Best, although it might have clout.

The former Cal standout dropped in last year's NFL draft due to a horrific concussion suffered his senior year.

Detroit only has 32-year old Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams, a converted full back, as healthy alternatives.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz didn't comment directly on the report, but did tell Detroit Free Press reporter Dave Birkett on Thursday that he was confident Best, along with others on the team's infirmary report, would return.

"We're going to get those guys back as soon as we can, as soon as they pass all their tests," Schwartz told Birkett. "And we feel good about those guys"

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