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Lions release running back Jahvid Best

Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best runs for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of their NFL game in Detroit on September 19, 2010. REUTERS
 
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Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best runs for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of their NFL game in Detroit on September 19, 2010. REUTERS .

The Lions are parting ways with running back Jahvid Best. The team has released the 24-year-old after three years. Best was the 30th overall pick in the 2010 draft but has been plagued by concussion problems over the last two years. He missed all of last season after being placed on the physically unable to perform list in August of 2012. Best rushed for a combined 945 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2010 and 2011. He caught 85 passes for 774 yards and three scores.

A statement released Wednesday by Best said, “I’ll always be a Lion.” Detroit made it a risk and reward proposition in taking Best in the first round of the draft knowing that he suffered a pair of concussions during his college career at Cal, where he missed his final four games.           

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