I wonder what not being cleared means.
This is really sad, but I'm wondering if his not being cleared has more to do with him not participating in contract drills at this point, and thus, avoiding getting the medical check. I'm not sure how this works in the offseason though, so I may be completely off.
If he has actually been checked recently and is still not cleared, I really hope that he retires. I love watching the guy play and I think it would be sad waste of talent, but giving up your career too early is better than becoming a vegetable at 26.
It sounds like he'll be cleared by the time training camp approaches. Does the fact that he hasn't been cleared yet -- if that is even news (i.e., if it is based on a recent check by a doctor) -- mean he's more likely to have a concussion in October? It sounds like he'll be cleared by TC, and I just wonder what the big deal is. There are no contact drills for months, anyway, so what is there to be cleared for?
If I'm DET, I take things very slowly. No doubt they need to address RB in the draft but this isn't really "news" to me. Maybe I'm missing something.
This is a concussion not during a game.
During a game a doc administers some "on the field exams"(sideline but...) and it's a pretty quick guess of a diagnosis.
I understand his followup in the offseason would have head CTs and plenty of far more in-depth tests.
Since this isn't a normal every day person in society, but an athlete that plays for a team that has it's own doctor that is contractually obligated to come by and check Best(and anyone else) out...that's a little weird.
The process is supposed to be that everyone is ready to go for an offseason activity(practice, minicamp etc.) It is odd he isn't cleared, but like you said why not just take things slowly with him?
The thing that concerns me was something I read and IIRC Jene even spoke of on the audible once upon a time. Once you have a concussion, there's a window where getting another one is far more likely than a typical person that hasn't been concussed. IIRC There were degrees to the severity and these would correspond with how long they were stuck in this window of great concern. You went off on a tangent and simply threw out the month "October," but it made me wonder nonetheless exactly when Best's window is closed.
There's no way Best hasn't been examined and the Lions don't know more than they are telling us. That concerns me. They have tons of money to spend on medical stuff, a doc around, and Best is a multi-million dollar investment they have had months to have examined. They know something.