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09:57 PM ET 11.03 | The Detroit Lions have officially ruled out running back Jahvid Best for the 2012-13 season. However, the concussion-plagued running back is hoping to return to the field next season, despite the odds being stacked against him. Best hasn't been physically cleared for contact following his series of serious concusions, but the Lions rusher is still hoping to find the field next season. "He obviously still wants to play, we're just in a climate now in the NFL where everybody's extra cautious," his agent Tony Fleming told the Detroit Free Press. "Everybody is concerned about Jahvid and his health and his future, so they're just going to be very cautious and they're not going to clear him until he's ready." Best's concussion history was a concern entering his NFL career and it is even a bigger issue now.

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November 3, 2012  11:06 PM ET

Jahvid needs to hang 'em up before his brain turns completely into oatmeal. The future for guys with multiple severe concussions is pretty bleak.

November 3, 2012  11:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Jahvid needs to hang 'em up before his brain turns completely into oatmeal. The future for guys with multiple severe concussions is pretty bleak.

Exactly right. Get out while your brain still knows what "get out" means.

November 3, 2012  11:41 PM ET

Oh please.... He was never smart to begin with.

November 4, 2012  07:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Exactly right. Get out while your brain still knows what "get out" means.

Although it may already be too late!

November 4, 2012  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Oh please.... He was never smart to begin with.

So he should continue to entertain you ? Do it is ok for smart players to quit?

November 4, 2012  08:21 AM ET

He will make more money in the court room settlement than he ever will playing football if they play him again. The Lions have announced he will not play this year. Period. As soon as he is medically cleared to play they will cut him.

November 4, 2012  08:32 AM ET

good, maybe they will start sticking to the player safety better than they PED use

November 4, 2012  08:36 AM ET

Sorry Javid but my money is on the Lions insurance agency giving you a settlement at the end of the season. Just like the Pack did with Nick Collins. Paid him off and wished him well. Most teams won't touch a player in that state. Collins ended up retiring.

November 4, 2012  08:41 AM ET
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He will make more money in the court room settlement than he ever will playing football if they play him again. The Lions have announced he will not play this year. Period. As soon as he is medically cleared to play they will cut him.

All the teams have insurance. If they decide a player cannot play again, they work out a settlement based on the contracts terms. The player gets paid off and is free to do whatever.
Its rare another team will pick up a player that was let go for serious injury just so they don't get caught paying off themselves. More than likely the insurance agency won't let a team take someone like this.

November 4, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Mr. Best, welcome to our world. At least you got a great headstart financially that Most of us don't have. Be thankful and move on!

November 4, 2012  09:24 AM ET

It is easy for us to say get out now, but in most cases these young man didn't go to class in college so they don't nothing, all they know is the sound of sold out stadiums, people who are telling them they are the best, and they are not thinking down the road they could be injured, and if it happens then the lights will go out for good.

November 4, 2012  10:13 AM ET
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It is easy for us to say get out now, but in most cases these young man didn't go to class in college so they don't nothing, all they know is the sound of sold out stadiums, people who are telling them they are the best, and they are not thinking down the road they could be injured, and if it happens then the lights will go out for good.

Well according to you thought process, at least they got a BA and didn't have to pay for it like most of us have to. This not the NBA were talking, in the NFL there is no one and done's or outta high school players so most of them do have as you would say "Bogus & Classless BA's". In any event, with aBA he won't have to work at McDonald's or if he do, at least he'll be a manager and from my understanding, according to what sector you're from in the good ole U S of A, it pays pretty damn good 40 to 60K a year. There's no excuses for the Best's of the world, just welcome to our world!

 
November 4, 2012  11:05 AM ET

I appreciate your comment Mr. 12, but you cannot compare the NBA with the NFL. Most of the players in the NFL are playing with non-guaranteed contracts. And in case you didn't know about 70 per cent of retired NFL players are broke, so your education theory these ex-players might be qualified to clean the toilets at McDonald's instead.

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