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Best 'not concerned' about head injuries, vows return

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08:06 AM ET 01.10 | For one thing, Detroit's running game sure could use him. [Lions] running back Jahvid Best said he's no longer having post-concussion symptoms and left little doubt about his intention to play next year. "I'll definitely be back," Best said. Best missed the Lions' final 10 regular-season games and Saturday's playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints after suffering a concussion Oct. 16 against the San Francisco 49ers. He also suffered a concussion in the preseason and had a history of concussion problems in college. Best, who went on injured reserve Nov. 28, said he's "not concerned at all" about recurring concussion problems. "Other people probably are, but I'm not," he said.

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January 10, 2012  08:09 AM ET

A scrambled mind is a terrible thing, Bro.

January 10, 2012  08:10 AM ET

No matter what his condition is, Detroit will be drafting a stud running back in the first round of the draft this year.

January 10, 2012  08:28 AM ET

Jahvid, be concerned. Think of your future.

January 10, 2012  08:30 AM ET

Sit down son.... Sit down.

January 10, 2012  08:35 AM ET

I'm not concerned dah, What was the question!!!

January 10, 2012  08:42 AM ET

I'm Fine, did you say something?

January 10, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Detroit has a running game?

January 10, 2012  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Detroit has a running game?

Not since week 7

January 10, 2012  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Not since week 7

That's what I thought. I don't recall seeing them run Saturday night.

January 10, 2012  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Detroit has a running game?

Defense might be a problem too? Give up 90 points in the last two games. They scored 69 and can't get one win? Stafford looks like he might (barring injury) be the next elite quarterback to come along but that defense looks sad.

January 10, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Whether or not Best returns next season may not be his decision to make.

January 10, 2012  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Stafford looks like he might (barring injury) be the next elite quarterback to come along but that defense looks sad.

Last year we were saying he was a China doll because of the injuries. He stayed healthy this year and took them to the playoffs. Not a bad turnaround.

Of course, Megatron was also a factor.

January 10, 2012  11:01 AM ET

Play football, or be a drooling vegetable? This is America, we all get to make our own choices, good or bad...

January 10, 2012  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Jahvid, be concerned. Think of your future.

He is..thinking, what the heck will I do without football? This proves that the players KNOW the concerns and are willing to risk it for a cushy life. Its their choice to make and the reason they dont get pay like us regular joes...go for it

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January 10, 2012  04:03 PM ET

Too bad, he is a heck of a runner, but he ought to be more concerned with his health down the road. Not sure if he really went to classes at CAL or not, but I hope he did, so he can find work later on outside of football. My feeling is that he is more scared of not being able to make the money and have a decent life and work after football than becoming a vegetable , which is sad if that is the case. I wish him luck and hope the doctors keep him out if he can't return safely.

January 10, 2012  04:08 PM ET

Speaking of people who's brains are not working right, I see that the Raiders just fired Hue Jackson. He is clueless, so I am glad he got canned. He spoke each week about the Raiders not getting so many penalties, yet they got worse, which is almost impossible. He also talked about how things had to change and about doing this and that, yet deftly ignored the fact he was the head coach who is responsible for what happens on the field. Raiders dropped 3 of last 4 to lose the division. Sorry Hue, that falls on you as well. Next firing is the defensive coach, along with all of the old ex-Raiders on the sideline who were great players in their day, but are not great coaches. Bring in a new staff and build it right through the draft and no more Randy Moss's, Richard Seymores and Carson Palmers at overinflated prices.

January 10, 2012  05:05 PM ET

More and more players are becoming litigants in concussion lawsuits against the NFL. Hopefully Best will remember these comments before he ever decides to join similar legal actions.

January 10, 2012  05:39 PM ET

Its true Javid is all set to come back and have his head pummeled again.
I wonder if the bookies are betting on which game his head gets scrambled next year? Game 3, 4, 5? Who knows.
The problem with this guy is he ain't that good healthy.

 
January 10, 2012  05:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Best 'not concerned' about head injuries, vows return.He should be concerned.

You said it brother. I don't know if this is true but I swear the rube on this guy and why he was available in round two to the Lions is injuries and concussions in college. I mean I guess its easier to avoid them in the pro's?

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