Detroit Lions Release RB Javhid Best

Posted at 5:25 PM, Jul 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-17 17:25:15-04

DETROIT, Mich. — Jahvid Best has spent the majority of the past two seasons on the sidelines for the Detroit Lions, trying to recover from a major concussion in 2011.

On Wednesday, the Lions released the former first-round pick — who spent as much time as an example of concussion troubles in the NFL as he did making plays on the field.

Best played in all 16 games in 2010, his rookie season out of Cal. He played in just six games in 2011 after suffering that concussion — and missed all of the 2012 season battling back from the injury.

In two seasons, Best piled up more than 1,700 yards of total offense and nine touchdowns. His 88-yard touchdown run against the Bears in the 2011 season is the second-longest rush in Lions history.