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Lions release RB Best, who hasn't played since 2011

The Canadian Press

7/17/2013 4:21:18 PM

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions have released running back Jahvid Best, a first-round draft pick from 2010 who hasn't played since October 2011 because of concussion problems.

General manager Martin Mayhew calls Best as fine a person and professional as he has ever worked with. Best says Lions fans and the people of Detroit will always hold a special place in his heart.

Best accounted for 1,000-plus yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, but he was limited to six games during the 2011 season after what he said was the third concussion of his football career.

Detroit signed Reggie Bush in the off-season to help boost its inconsistent running game.