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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Lions don’t rule out return by Jahvid Best this season

Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best isn’t expected to play Sunday because of a concussion, but the Lions’ offensive coordinator said he expects Best to play again this season.

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“Oh, certainly, I wouldn’t see any other reason unless anyone tells me otherwise,” Scott Linehan said. A report Wednesday indicated that that Best, who has suffered two concussions this season on top of a serious one in his final season at Cal, had been advised to sit out the rest of the season.

“He’s a young player. Guys miss some time during the course of the season. I don’t have any concerns, I’m sure he’ll be out there soon,” Linehan said. “He’s going to have a long, great career for us.”

Best’s agent, Tony Fleming, disputed the report, texting the Free Press: “Definitely no truth to him being out for the year at this point,” Fleming wrote in a text message. “He will continue to be evaluated on a weekly basis.”

Maurice Morris is likely to start Sunday for the Lions against the Atlanta Falcons. Detroit also has former Washington Redskins running back Keiland Williams on the roster.

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