Speculation regarding Jahvid Best’s ability to play football is officially over for 2012. The Detroit Lions announced today that they will leave him on the reserve/PUP list, ending his season.
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew released the following statement with the news that Jahvid Best would not return this season:
There has been subsequent evaluation and consultation regarding Jahvid since our last update. As has been the case throughout, we have deferred to the medical experts and support their current recommendation that Jahvid not return to the field this season.
Javhid’s approach to this situation and his adherence to the process and protocol have been exemplary. No one has worked harder or shown more dedication than Jahvid has over the past year.
As disappointing as this decision is for us and Jahvid, we do believe it is in his long-term best interest.
Notably absent from Mayhew’s statement is any reference to Best’s future prospects of playing football. However, that probably isn’t surprising given the way Best’s recovery and evaluation process has gone so far. There is yet so much time to pass before a return to the field for 2013 needs to be considered that there is no reason to speculate. That being said, it is looking less and less likely that Jahvid Best will ever play football again.