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With Burleson headed to surgery, Lions looking for receivers

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Lions receiver Nate Burleson is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday after breaking his arm in a car accident, and now the Lions are looking for someone who can catch a football.

Detroit has already talked with multiple teams about acquiring a receiver in a trade, according to Tim Twentyman of the Lions’ website.

There’s no word on which players the Lions are targeting or which teams they’ve contacted, but any time trades are being discussed the Browns will be a subject of speculation: Cleveland already traded running back Trent Richardson, and receivers Josh Gordon, Greg Little, Travis Benjamin or Davone Bess could be players the Lions would contact the Browns about trading.

Kenny Britt, the often-troubled receiver who is unhappy in Tennessee, could be an option as well.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Burleson broke both bones in his forearm. Schwartz said it’s too soon to say whether Burleson will go on injured reserve, but it sounds like an injury that will cost Burleson at least several weeks, if not the whole season.

Without Burleson, the Lions don’t have a lot of depth at wide receiver behind Calvin Johnson. Ryan Broyles has shown flashes of talent, but he has two torn ACLs in the last two years, and the Lions are trying to take it slowly with him and limit his playing time. Patrick Edwards is struggling with an ankle injury. Kris Durham has had his moments, including a 33-yard catch on Sunday at Washington, but Durham has just 13 catches in his three-year NFL career.

Sadly for Burleson, the cause of his accident was something incredibly silly: He had gone out for a late-night snack and was driving home when he became distracted by a pizza falling from his passenger seat to the floor. As he reached down to grab the pizza, he crashed into a median, and that’s when he broke his arm.

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23 Responses to “With Burleson headed to surgery, Lions looking for receivers”
  1. scoops1 says: Sep 24, 2013 1:12 PM

    Randy Moss…..TO….Ocho Cinco??

  2. bus035 says: Sep 24, 2013 1:18 PM

    Doug Baldwin……do it!

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 24, 2013 1:22 PM

    Same guy who can catch a football thrown at 60 miles per hour, while running full speed with the players around him waving their arms in his face.

  4. dontlikecravens says: Sep 24, 2013 1:23 PM


    Yes, this is Titus Young….

  5. EJ says: Sep 24, 2013 1:27 PM

    T.J Graham should be available in Buffalo. The Bills need help at Cornerback.

  6. smartanis says: Sep 24, 2013 1:30 PM

    Any other week, this would be the strangest story out there. This week, Burleson had the unfortunate “honor” of going up against the Love Bus, and there’s no way to top that.

  7. purpleguy says: Sep 24, 2013 1:45 PM

    Is there some sort of curse on whoever plays opposite megatron? I picture some creepy Packer fan wearing a beat-up Sterling Sharpe jersey sitting in a dark candle-lit and beer-stained room poking a voodoo doll with bratwurst skewers.

  8. ahs2 says: Sep 24, 2013 1:53 PM

    LeShoure is heading to the trading block!!

  9. noburghfan says: Sep 24, 2013 1:53 PM

    But did he save the pizza ?

  10. surfinbird1 says: Sep 24, 2013 2:03 PM

    Don’t bother the Patriots.

  11. chi01town says: Sep 24, 2013 2:07 PM

    Now if that was Suh I would love it.
    But the game MUST go on. Chicago is coming and they want control of the North. Cutler is known to have his best games against the Lions and that young O-line WONT be taking NO dirt from Suh. I can see a fight breaking out with flags everywhere and Suh getting threw out of this one. 34-10 Chicago

  12. beedubyatoo says: Sep 24, 2013 2:28 PM

    Jeremy Ross was just waived today by the Packers. Pick him up and make sure he returns punts and kickoffs too.

  13. docsweeney says: Sep 24, 2013 2:28 PM

    Even if you make a trade today, you are asking someone to come in and learn a new offense in a few days. Granted, Trent Richardson did well with limited time/practice with a new team but a receiver needs to know routes, sight adjustments and develop with a QB. Just trot out Johnson, Bush and the TEs and go with that.

  14. bnn52 says: Sep 24, 2013 3:11 PM

    Browns will take Leshoure for Greg Little Straight up

  15. bnn52 says: Sep 24, 2013 3:12 PM

    and this week has to be the oddest week for NFL injuries, First a guy gets blasted in the head with a champagne bottle then someone wrecks a car trying to save a pizza?

  16. datdangdrewdundunituhgin says: Sep 24, 2013 3:24 PM

    radio speculation here earlier was a 4th rounder and leshoure for hakeem nicks.

  17. chrismgillis says: Sep 24, 2013 3:48 PM

    no need to trade anyone. call up matt willis. he knows the offense and he showed flashes during preseason. problem solved.

  18. deltaoracle says: Sep 24, 2013 4:03 PM

    The old “pizza on the carseat” story, eh?

  19. trollhammer20 says: Sep 24, 2013 4:17 PM

    Jim Morrison was right.

    Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel.

  20. hatesycophants says: Sep 24, 2013 5:45 PM

    Can’t you just see chi01town selling bootleg DVDs and knockoff Jordash jeans out of the back end of his 1985 Merkur?

  21. titansbro says: Sep 24, 2013 6:28 PM

    I’d love to see Britt gone. Even for as low as a 5 or 6 pick. Dude is a mirage, & a poison. We got good young wrs who seem to be level headed. Let’s not let Britt ruin them with his petulant attitude.

  22. ahs2 says: Sep 24, 2013 7:15 PM

    trollhammer20 says:Sep 24, 2013 4:17 PM

    Jim Morrison was right.

    Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel.

    You sir, have been awarded 1,000 cool points

  23. thetruthcampaign says: Sep 24, 2013 7:39 PM

    Please NOT Kenny Britt. Like someone said, Matt Willis can’t be far from here and was a stud in preseason catching everything. I don’t get why he hasn’t been signed already today.

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