Comebacks smooth for Lions RBs Jahvid Best, Mikel Leshoure So far, so good June 13, 2012
No one knows where the Lions' running game stands and -- as a three-day minicamp kicked off Tuesday -- not much was to be gleaned from players practicing in shorts and helmets.
But that didn't stop Jahvid Best from offering some tantalizing hope.
"Tune in and watch," he said. "We're just out here getting better every day, just working. So we look forward to a great season, but you've just got to watch."
Best doesn't have to worry about wandering eyes when players finally put on pads during training camp in late July. That's when the real work begins and the run game -- beset by Best's concussion and Mikel Leshoure's Achilles tendon and ankle injuries last year -- can begin showing its teeth.
"We're not worried about anything," Best said. "I mean, we can't come out here and say we're going to do this, this and this. But we're just working hard and getting ready for the season."
Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best's health status remains unknown Published: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 2:40 PM Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 6:08 PM By Anwar S. Richardson
Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best previously said he was ready to hit the football field in training camp, but what remains unknown is when it might happen.
Last month, Best said he planned to visit his doctor in July to get clearance to participate in contact drills during training camp, but when reached on Thursday afternoon, the running back's representatives declined to say if has been cleared.
Meanwhile, Lions president Tom Lewand has been unavailable for comment this afternoon.
The lack of response by Best's representatives may or may not mean be a cause for concern.
Best's reps may not want to reveal his medical condition because they want his health to remain a privacy issue. They also may not want to talk about it because he still is not ready for contact.
Lions' Mikel Leshoure says he's 100 percent, out for redemption 3:41 PM, July 26, 2012 By Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Sports Writer
ikel Leshoure walked out of the Lions practice facility after reporting for training camp today and said he got good news – he won’t open camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Leshoure said his torn Achilles tendon is 100 percent, and admitted he’s out for redemption after suffering that injury last August.
“Yes, sir. Somewhat,” he said. “I’m just excited to be here, be healthy and ready to go.”
While Leshoure will serve a two-game suspension to start the season after being ticketed twice for marijuana possession this off-season, the Lions are counting on him to be a major contributor to their offense this fall.
Lions RB Jahvid Best not cleared for contact, will start on PUP 8:04 PM, July 27, 2012 By Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Sports Writer
In April, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he expected running back Jahvid Best to be cleared for contact sometime in June.
In June, Best said he was symptom-free after suffering two concussions last year and ready for training camp.
But Friday, when the Lions opened camp with their first practice of the summer, Best was a bystander on the physically unable to perform list, still waiting for the go-ahead from specialists to return to the field.
“Jahvid is still not cleared for total contact,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “He has made tremendous strides in a lot of areas, including being able to work out with the rest of the team and lift hard and do all those things. But there’s still some areas that he’s got some ground to cover and like I said we have a lot of experts that are handling his case and we’ll defer to them and we’re very optimistic we’ll get him back.”
Best declined to specify why he hasn’t been cleared, but he said he’s had no recent setbacks and the thought of not playing this year – or ever again – “has not crossed my mind yet.”
“I think just in terms of everything that’s been going around with concussions, it’s everybody’s being extra careful,” Best said. “If this was four or five years ago, I probably would have played last season. Now that everything’s under a thin microscope it takes a lot longer.”
I think the players union, heretofore known as insane clown posse, should enact legislation that requires teams to tell you things related to the injury in question. I know lifting and stuff is an important barrier to cross, but what about making teams tell us stuff like; Travis can count to 10, although not backwards. Travis can bend over an tie both shoes without getting lightheaded or passing out. Travis has guessed what day it was for 10 consecutive days. Travis knows who the president is
I don't mean to sound harsh, but these are the things that should be brought to light. The real damage done by there repeated concussions. Maybe if the league had to have teams go through a painful check list everybody would take tracking and caring for concussions more seriously. I am really worried about Best at this stage. If he can't play, will he ever recover fully. and if he can play, when will it happen again and what will he be left with? The league has a responsibility to protect players from themselves.
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Detroit Lions' Jeff Backus and Mikel Leshoure not worried about their injuries Published: Sunday, July 29, 2012, 12:45 PM Updated: Sunday, July 29, 2012, 12:53 PM Anwar S. Richardson | email@example.com By Anwar S. Richardson | firstname.lastname@example.org
ALLEN PARK -- Detroit Lions left tackle Jeff Backus (thumb) and running back Mikel Leshoure (hamstring) each sustained injuries in yesterday's practice, but both believe their setbacks are temporary.
Backus wore a brace - not a cast - on his right hand and stood on the sidelines during Sunday's training camp practice. While Backus is unsure when he will practice again, he did not seem concerned when asked about the injury this afternoon.
"It's just disappointing, it's frustrating, but I know how to handle situations like this," Backus said. "We'll get after getting it better. It shouldn't be an issue."
Backus was asked to describe the nature of his injury, but declined due to coach Jim Schwartz's team policy concerning the discussion of injuries.