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Lions Hopeful Best Will Be Cleared To Play

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:  Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions rushes past the tackle of Kenny Phillips #21 of the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – OCTOBER 17: Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions rushes past the tackle of Kenny Phillips #21 of the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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The Lions remain optimistic that running back Jahvid Best will be ready to compete fully at the team’s mandatory minicamp June 12-14.

“He’s been doing everything in the offseason program, and we expect he’ll be cleared sometime probably in June,” general manager Martin Mayhew said in a local radio interview last week. “We look forward to having him on the field.”

Although Best has been working out since December, he has not been cleared for contact. The Lions do not expect him to take the concussion tests until right before the minicamp.

“Those doctors felt like it just made sense to do that in June,” Mayhew said. “It gives him the most time. We are not doing anything that involves any contact, and he’s been cleared to do everything that we’re doing right now (conditioning).”

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