By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 9:41 pm in Mid-week.
Jahvid Best held his first full media session tonight since his scary injury against Oregon State on Nov. 7. He had spoken briefly with Versus TV before Saturday night’s game against Arizona, but tonight was the first time he spoke at length since the injury.
I will have the full transcription of his comments tomorrow, but here are the highlights:
- Best said he is shooting for Dec. 5 against Washington for a return. He acknowledged it’s going to be a day-by-day thing and there really is now way of knowing right now if he’ll be ready by then, but that is his goal. Best said he has had two rehab sessions and the second one, which was tonight, showed a lot of progress from the first one. He says if that rate of improvement continues, then Washington is a possibility.
- Best the symptons from the concussion are completely gone. He said it took about a week for them to go away. He said it’s solely his back now that is giving him problems.
- Best said the injury will have no effect whatsoever on his decision whether to leave early for the NFL draft. He said he still isn’t thinking about that decision and is going to wait until after the season to sit down with his family and coaches to discuss it.
- Best acknowledged the injury could have been a lot worse and said he feels “thankful” and “blessed” that it wasn’t as severe. He said even Cal’s medical staff told him it probably should have been worse than it was.
- Best said he remembers the play all the way up until he hit the ground. Then he doesn’t remember anything until he woke up in the hospital. He actually had woken up on the field but doesn’t have memory of it.
- Best said he’s only watched the replay of the play twice and “it doesn’t look that bad to me.” He said “Football is a violent game and stuff like this happens all the time.”
In other news, nose tackle Derrick Hill (stinger) wore a yellow jersey again today and practiced in a limited capacity. Jeff Tedford said Hill will continue to be evaluated Thursday and then a decision will be made on his status.
Also, wide receiver Marvin Jones has been limited in practice the past two days after suffering a quad bruise last Saturday against Arizona. Tedford said he expects Jones to be 100 percent by Saturday.
I’ll have more tomorrow, including our live chat at 1 p.m. I also attended today’s Guardsman Lunch in San Francisco and have a couple of notes off that.