The Lions hope that running back Jahvid Best will be cleared for contact and all football activities before the team hits the practice field for the first time Friday afternoon, but nobody knows for sure that he will be.
"He still has a hurdle to go yet to be cleared for contact," coach Jim Schwartz said Thursday. "We just have to wait and see."
Best, whose season was cut short by two concussions last year, was examined by the team's medical staff Thursday, just like all the other players. Unlike those other players, however, Best has to be cleared by doctors outside the organization, as well.