May 21, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best (44) during organized team activities at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Jahvid Best Facing Big Week in Return to Detroit Lions

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Jahvid Best‘s place on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list means he isn’t eligible to practice with his Detroit Lions teammates until next week at the soonest. Even so, this week is a big week for Best on his road to returning to the Lions lineup from the two concussions he suffered last season.

According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Best will undergo a series of tests this week to determine if he is fit to return. If the myriad of doctors that have been consulted can reach a consensus, Best could be cleared to play.

The Lions’ tight-lipped nature regarding Best’s status is not likely to change. It is possible that an update regarding his status could come from the team at the end of the week but it is also possible he could be cleared to play without any announcement until the necessary roster move has been made.

Best’s return could be the jump-start the Lions need on offense. Opposing defenses have routinely given the Lions plenty of room underneath while two deep safeties help keep the Lions from stretching the field vertically. Adding a speedster like Best could make defenses pay for leaving so much open space in the middle of the field.

Timeline Summary
This week: medical evaluation
Next week: practice if medically cleared
Monday, 10/22: first game back if cleared this week

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