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Detroit Lions Part Ways With RB Jahvid Best

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Jahvid Best's career has been marred and potentially cut short by concussions. Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Jahvid Best's career has been marred and potentially cut short by concussions. Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions have released RB Jahvid Best, according to Detroit Lions insider Tim Twentyman.

"I want to thank the Detroit Lions organization for drafting me and giving me an opportunity to fulfill my dream and play in the National Football League," Best said in a statement released by the Detroit Lions. "My time as a member of the Lions was a very special time in my life. My teammates, the members of the organization, the Lions fans and the people of Detroit will hold a special place in my heart. I'll always be a Lion."

Best finishes his career with the Lions with totals of 945 rushing yards, 774 receiving yards and nine total touchdowns in 22 games. He missed the entire 2012 season, and he last played back in October of 211, when he suffered his second concussion that season.

"Jahvid is as fine a person and professional as I have ever worked with," Lions GM Martin Mayhew said. "He was the consummate teammate and always did everything asked of him. We wish Jahvid the very best in all his future endeavors and have no doubt that he will be successful in whatever path he chooses."

While Best is determined to continue playing in the NFL, that last head injury may have put an end to his once-promising career. The 24-year-old former first-round draft pick has yet to be cleared by doctors, and he has to consider his health above all else right now.