The Detroit Lions have had their fair share of problems when it comes to the position of running back. In 2011 they lost both of their young backs, Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure to injury. Now there is good news on the running back front. Best will be cleared to begin contact drills in June.
He is currently taking part in off the field conditioning programs with the Lions and is getting himself in shape for the 2012 season. Also he is expected to be a full participant in minicamps.
With this news coming right around the death of future hall of famer, Junior Seau, the Lions will be hard pressed not to keep a close eye on Best’s health. With concussions being on the forefront of the NFL’s mind, Best is a prime example of how closed head injuries can possibly cut short a talented player’s career.
Lions have reportedly extended a contract offer to former Packers running back Ryan Grant, making it seem that they aren’t 100% comfortable with Best’s situation. Grant would be a good insurance policy for two guys who are coming off injury.
This is huge news for the Lions seeing they are thin at the running back position without Best. If he can come back and have a strong year, like he started to have in the 2011 season then the Lions should have an explosive weapon out of the backfield.