Lions release running back Jahvid Best

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - The Lions have released running back Jahvid Best.

The 24-year old sat out the entire 2012 season after concussions ended his 2011 season.

"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 in a statement released through the team.

During the team's minicamp in June, Jim Schwartz declined to comment on Best's status, other than mentioning he was "still on our roster."

Best was a first round pick in 2010, after the Lions traded up to the 30th choice to take him. He had concussion problems in college with California, but the Lions were attracted to his speed.

Ultimately, Best suffered two concussions in 2011 that ended his time in Detroit. In the preseason, he left a game against the Cleveland Browns after suffering a concussion. Late in the season against the San Francisco 49ers, in what was ultimately his final game with the Lions, Best left with another concussion.

"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," Best continued in the release.

In six games in 2011, Best gained 390 yards and scored two touchdowns. During his rookie year in 2010, he played in all 16 games, picking up 555 yards and scoring four touchdowns.

Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter at WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli

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