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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
BBAO: Jahvid Best decision looms

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Our SportsNation chat Tuesday brought a number of questions about Detroit Lions tailback Jahvid Best, who is set to undergo testing this week to determine if he will be activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list when he's eligible next Monday.

As his team returned to practice from its bye week Tuesday, coach Jim Schwartz wasn't tipping his hand and it sounds as if the Lions simply don't know Best's status yet. Schwartz, however, did reiterate that Best has been participating in meetings and has conditioned himself into the best shape of his career.

Schwartz: "He's done very, very well. He's in the best shape he's been since he was a rookie. He’s in better shape now than when he was a rookie. He’s physically stronger. He's smarter in our schemes, done a really good job being at meetings and those kind of things. He's more flexible than he’s been. He's worked extremely hard. This isn't a guy that's been on vacation for the last couple months. This guy's worked extremely hard. But we try not to get ahead of ourselves. He's doing what he can. When he gets clearance he'll be back."

Indeed, the Lions are best served not to get ahead of themselves. Next Tuesday will be the one-year anniversary of Best's last game action. He suffered his most recent concussion on Oct. 16, 2011, against the San Francisco 49ers. NFL rules require him to be activated from the PUP at some point during a three-week window that opens Monday, if he is going to play this season.

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