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Report: Burleson out up to eight months

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It was known that Lions receiver Nate Burleson will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg.  It wasn’t known when he’ll be back.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Burleson will need up to eight months to recover.  That means he’ll miss most of the 2013 offseason program.

With his salary shooting from $825,000 to $4.5 million next season, it also means there’s a good chance that, without a restructured contract, he has played his last game as a Lion.

The Lions are counting on Titus Young and/or Ryan Broyles to step up.  Burleson’s absence also will create more opportunities for tight end Tony Scheffler, who’ll line up in the slot.

Call us crazy (as if you need an invitation), but we’d also consider the possibility of shifting Jahvid Best to slot receiver in the hopes of reducing the inevitability of further concussions that will exist if he continues to play running back, and in order to create more chances for him to use his speed and agility away from the center of the line of scrimmage.

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29 Responses to “Report: Burleson out up to eight months”
  1. ghjjf says: Oct 23, 2012 4:20 PM

    Lions will not make the playoffs this year.

  2. deeznutz3d says: Oct 23, 2012 4:22 PM

    As a Lions Fan, He shouldn’t have been runnin his mouth off about how hes got a celebration ready for the Bears. Karma’s a Bitch.

  3. pacific123ocean says: Oct 23, 2012 4:26 PM

    I like the idea of Jahvid playing slot receiver.

  4. noeffinway says: Oct 23, 2012 4:28 PM

    “Call us crazy (as if you need an invitation), but we’d also consider the possibility of shifting Jahvid Best to slot receiver in the hopes of reducing the inevitability of further concussions that will exist if he continues to play running back, and in order to create more chances for him to use his speed and agility away from the center of the line of scrimmage.” – Florio
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    You’re crazy.

    But, hey, your thinking outside the box. Why don’t you give Linehan a call, he needs some good suggestions.

  5. scoops1 says: Oct 23, 2012 4:29 PM

    Dwayne Bowe on line 2

  6. changeup39 says: Oct 23, 2012 4:35 PM

    Jahvid Best is done playing football. No neurologist in their right mind is going to sign off that its ok for him to play.

  7. thousandcasts says: Oct 23, 2012 4:37 PM

    Doesn’t make a bit of difference who’s playing where as long as Scott Linehan is still calling the plays. One game of bad offense is a fluke…six games straight is coaching. Same thing with the special teams.

  8. timmihendrix says: Oct 23, 2012 4:40 PM

    As a lions fan I like Schwartz but please let him go and get a guy who can get these guys under control. And a qb coach who can fix Stafford’s feet and release. I’m thinking the guy with the crazy eyes who set the table for harbaugh in San Fran would straighten these “bad boys” pretty quick.

  9. stealthscorpio says: Oct 23, 2012 4:42 PM

    Yea, that whole playing slot has worked out well for Austin Collie avoiding concussions…

  10. timb12 says: Oct 23, 2012 4:47 PM

    If Best plays receiver he has a bigger chance to get lit up. How many big hits do you see on running backs compared to receivers?

  11. rg3andout says: Oct 23, 2012 4:48 PM

    didnt know he was still in the league til last night

  12. seahawks4alltime says: Oct 23, 2012 4:49 PM

    As a Seahawks fan I’m sad to see his year ended and possibly his spot with the Lions also gone.

    Nate Burleson is a wonderful athlete and I am happy to have watched him play the Vikings at (then) Qwest Field.

    Burleson is the only player in NFL history to have 3 punt returns of 90 or more yards.

  13. todaysfishandchips says: Oct 23, 2012 4:54 PM

    “Call us crazy (as if you need an invitation), but we’d also consider the possibility of shifting Jahvid Best to slot receiver in the hopes of reducing the inevitability of further concussions that will exist if he continues to play running back, and in order to create more chances for him to use his speed and agility away from the center of the line of scrimmage.” – Florio
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    Yes, because receivers like Austin Collie never got a concussion playing out of the slot….

  14. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 23, 2012 4:58 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. That guy has been getting on my nerves since his Minnesota days. He talks a bigger game than he plays. We may never see his planned TD celebration. You won’t hear me complaining.

  15. pixelito says: Oct 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    Lions fans got a brief glimpse of success, then the players and fans went batty, and now its gone…

  16. johnnycash19 says: Oct 23, 2012 5:01 PM

    On a side note the rookies played well.
    Reiff, Broyles and Green.

  17. petehemlock says: Oct 23, 2012 5:09 PM

    NFL players must have pretty good health insurance. I wonder who pays when the player is hurt then cut like those 2 Jets TEs.

  18. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 23, 2012 5:17 PM

    pixelito says:
    Oct 23, 2012 4:59 PM
    Lions fans got a brief glimpse of success, then the players and fans went batty, and now its gone…
    ____________________________

    That’s what happens when you get gifted a playoff spot. If Cutler and Forte were still healthy last year, no one would care about the Lions.

  19. polegojim says: Oct 23, 2012 5:22 PM

    Get well soon Nate

  20. conormacleod says: Oct 23, 2012 5:30 PM

    Burleson has been way overpaid in his career.

  21. smittee22 says: Oct 23, 2012 5:45 PM

    blackandbluedivision says:Oct 23, 2012 5:17 PM

    pixelito says:
    Oct 23, 2012 4:59 PM
    Lions fans got a brief glimpse of success, then the players and fans went batty, and now its gone…
    ____________________________

    That’s what happens when you get gifted a playoff spot. If Cutler and Forte were still healthy last year, no one would care about the Lions.
    ———————————————————-
    As a Vikings fan This is a very true statement. The Bears would have definitely had that spot if those 2 wouldn’t have gotten hurt. The Lions also had 3 wins they shouldn’t have had last year…2 against minnesota and the 1 against dallas. Puts them at 7-9. That’s the kind of team they still are.

  22. squared80 says: Oct 23, 2012 6:48 PM

    He was a decent guy in Minnesota, but since then he’s been a trash-talking idiot who does touchdown dances even when his team is down by 20+ points.

    $4.5 million next year? Man, not even if you were healthy, Nate.

  23. klunge says: Oct 23, 2012 6:52 PM

    smittee22 says:Oct 23, 2012 5:45 PM

    As a Vikings fan This is a very true statement. The Bears would have definitely had that spot if those 2 wouldn’t have gotten hurt. The Lions also had 3 wins they shouldn’t have had last year…2 against minnesota and the 1 against dallas. Puts them at 7-9. That’s the kind of team they still are.
    ———————————————————-

    OK. How about this: take away those 2 wins you don’t think the Lions deserved last against you last season, and give them to your beloved Vikings (as though they deserved any better either). And hey, you can have the Dallas win as a bonus! The Lions still would end up with a better record than Minnesota.

  24. spartyfi says: Oct 23, 2012 6:59 PM

    That’s funny, you say 7-9 and their record said 10-6. You seem to have trouble with even the most basic of statistics!

  25. leroysbutler says: Oct 23, 2012 7:16 PM

    Mike Holmgren would be a great hire to coach the Lions. I guarantee that the team would be more disciplined and the QB play would improve. That said, I hope they keep the current clown.

  26. medialovesthecowboys says: Oct 23, 2012 7:41 PM

    Goodell obviously hired some muscle

  27. jimmylions says: Oct 23, 2012 8:07 PM

    “Call us crazy (as if you need an invitation) …”

    Yeah – you are definitely crazy. A wideout running at full speed and colliding with DBs is similar to a car accident.

    Unfortunately Javid Best’s days as an NFL player are over. Mayhew and the Lions management get credit for doing Best a solid and retaining him this year (so that Best can get an NFL player pension).

  28. ghouchens says: Oct 24, 2012 12:28 AM

    Actually, the Lions have a long range scheme in play here. First, they lost to the Vikings and Bears to make the haters on those teams happy. Next they will lose a couple more games to prove that last year was just luck. Then, in 2013, they will return to kick all your collective asses.

  29. deepfreezerob says: Oct 24, 2012 9:45 AM

    And the year before “The Process” gave the bears a playoff spot. Luck plays a major role in the NFL

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