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Lions release RB Jahvid Best, hasn't played since Oct. 2011

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The Detroit Lions announced Wednesday that they have released 2010 first-round pick Jahvid Best.

Best, a running back who appeared in 22 NFL games but none since October 2011, has been hampered by several concussions. And while he had great talent, the concussions cut into his ability to perform both consistently and at the kind of level the Lions sought from him.

Best's release is not a complete surprise given that the team signed veteran running back Reggie Bush during the offseason as somewhat of an insurance policy in the event Best did not get clearance to return to the team from his concussion issues.

"I want to thank the Detroit Lions organization for drafting me and giving me an opportunity to fulfill my dream and play in the National Football League," Best said in a statement released by the team. "My time as a member of the Lions was a very special time in my life. My teammates, the members of the organization, the Lions fans and the people of Detroit will hold a special place in my heart. I'll always be a Lion."
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