Lions running back Jahvid Best has been cleared for workouts and will be ready to participate in the team’s offseason training program and minicamp.

Best sat out the final 10 games of the 2011 season but an ESPN report on Wednesday said he’s over the Oct. 16 concussion that forced him to injured reserve and the Lions are planning for him to participate in workouts this offseason.

That’s good news for coach Jim Schwartz, but he indicated last month at the Scouting Combine that the team would be much better prepared for injuries at the position in 2012. Rookie Mikel Leshoure missed the 2011 season after rupturing his Achilles in training camp but is on pace to participate in the offseason workouts as well.

The Lions actively interviewed several running backs during the Senior Bowl in January, validation of general manager Martin Mayhew and Schwartz planning to bolster the running back ranks.

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