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Lions release former first-rounder Jahvid Best

07.18.13 at 9:33 am ET
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The Lions released running back Jahvid Best Wednesday after concussion issues prevented him from playing at all during the 2012 season.

Best, who was selected in the first round (30th overall) in 2010, signed a five-year deal with the Lions after being drafted but only played 22 games in Detroit. He accounted for 1,000-plus yards and six touchdowns in 15 games as a rookie but was limited to six games in his sophomore season after suffering what he said was the third concussion in his football career.

Post-concussion issues left Best on the physically unable to perform list to start the 2012 season, and doctors did not clear him to play after six weeks, according to Lions general manager Martin Mayhew.

“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 provided by the team. “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.”

The Lions signed running back Reggie Bush as a free agent this offseason.

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