April 19, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best in attendance at the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Minnesota Timberwolves at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Will Detroit Lions' Gamble With Jahvid Best Ever Pay Off?

If you’ve read anything I’ve ever written here on the SideLion Report, it is always something positive to say about our gridiron heroes, the Detroit Lions. Since Martin Mayhew and Jim Schwartz have taken over this team, there has been a lot of positives to write about. They’ve turned this team around from the laughingstock is was in 2008 into one of the best teams in the NFL. The Lions are stocked with young talent like Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Ndumakong Suh. However, one of the players drafted by the Lions may not be there when they finally make it to the Super Bowl. I’m talking about the 800 pound gorilla in the room, Jahvid Best.

It was a gamble from the start. I like the way Mayhew gambles on players with injuries when he drafts them, you can get them at lower picks and they still have long careers. Ryan Broyles is one of those gambles that will pay off this year. We never really got the payoff from Best, and his career may be a very short one. Jahvid Best’s injury has to be viewed in the context of the prevailing controversy swirling around the NFL these days. I’m talking about the lawsuit filed by seemingly half of the players that ever played the game concerning concussions. That lawsuit is hanging over the NFL like a dark alien ship, and it’s not going away anytime soon.

Best’s last concussion came from hitting the ground. What happens if he has a head on collision with Brian Urlacher? Is that a risk Jahvid Best will ever get the chance to take?

The NFL has changed in so many ways. In the old days the players would play with broken arms and legs. Defensive dominance on the frozen tundra was the way to the Super Bowl. Nowadays, the real life offenses score points faster than their video game counterparts. Players also now understand the seriousness of head trauma. The days of playing after getting your bell rung belong to NFL films.

Will we see Jahvid Best in a Lions uniform again? The question grows more relevant by the week.

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