Lions cut Jahvid Best

The Detroit Lions cut ties with running back Jahvid Best, a once-promising prospect who couldn't overcome a series of concussions. Best spent last season on injured reserve. The former first-round draft pick played in every game as a rookie, but hasn't played in an NFL game since 2011.

"Jahvid is as fine a person and professional as I have ever worked with," Lions general manager 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."

Best rushed for 945 yards and six touchdowns, catching 85 passes for 774 yards and three touchdowns.

He won the Ed Block Courage Award in 2012.

"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. "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."

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