The Detroit Lions used the PUP list to buy more time before having to make a decision about Jahvid Best. However, the time afforded by the rules concerning the PUP list are not indefinite. Decisions eventually have to be made and that deadline for the Lions comes next Tuesday.
Players placed on the PUP list must sit out the first six weeks and teams are allowed to take up to three more weeks before either activating the player or shutting him down for the season. Those three weeks are nearly up and it’s not likely that Jahvid Best’s situations has changed much since it was announced that Best would not be immediately activated following the mandatory six-week PUP list stay.
Jahvid Best’s condition has been a hot topic hovering over the team for over a year now but coming deadline will finally give some finality to the situation, at least as far as this year is concerned.
The Lions’ trade for Mike Thomas, who will be used as an explosive threat from a variety of locations on the field, doesn’t speak well for the Lions’ confidence that Best will play this year. That door was left open a couple weeks ago but probably was never very likely in the first place.
A decision will also come due on rookie cornerback Chris Greenwood who had surgery to repair a sports hernia. He remains on the PUP list but is practicing with the team but time missed recovering has hampered his development to the point that he may not be able to contribute in his first NFL season.