Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew says he is “very comfortable” that running back Jahvid Best will eventually be cleared to return from a concussion.
But Best isn’t on the field yet and the club has no timetable for his return. Mayhew had been on the record this spring saying he expected Best to be available when training camp opened.
“It’s up to the medical professionals to decide when he’s going to be available,” Mayhew said, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Eventually he will get cleared. I’m very positive.”
Mayhew admitted he was “a little bit surprised, a little bit disappointed” that Best remains on the sideline but says he isn’t to the point where the club will begin looking at running backs on the street. Mayhew said he’s had a conference call with 20 doctors to determine what the proper course of action is with Best, who had a serious concussion while he was at Cal. Best had two concussions last year.
“The medical professionals have to determine what makes him cleared,” Mayhew said.
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