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Friday, October 1, 2010
BBAO: Jahvid Best plans to play Sunday

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

If it's up to him, Detroit Lions tailback Jahvid Best will play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Best has a grade 2 turf toe injury and missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he told reporters that he plans to practice Friday and that "it's looking like I'll be ready to go this week."

Sometimes rookies are slow to understand the NFL mantra about keeping game-day availability a secret, so I'm not sure if Best spoke out of turn or doesn't realize that ultimately the team's medical staff will have to clear him first. But as we discussed Thursday, Best's open-field running ability is a key antidote to the deep zone defenses the Lions have faced this season.

We'll update you on his status Friday afternoon.

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