As Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson described it Friday, a series of little events led to the Tuesday morning auto accident that left him with a broken arm.
Burleson, who’s out indefinitely, told reporters that he was briefly distracted just before the incident.
“Hopped on the freeway and multitasking. I’ll be honest with you,” Burleson said, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “I’m the king of that. Well, I was.
“Plugging in my phone, reaching for something and I had some pizzas sitting in my passenger’s seat. They started to slide. Hand full of pizza.
“Once I looked up, I felt I was close to a vehicle, tried to correct the car, overcorrected it and boom, right into the center median.”
Burleson, per the Free Press, said he will return this season. Though he didn’t put a timetable on his return, he said it would be “sooner than I think a lot of people expect.”
Burleson, 32, has caught 19 passes for 239 yards in Detroit’s first three games. Entering Week Four, he was pace for about 101 catches and 1,275 yards, both of which would have been career-highs.
Finally, for the record, Burleson told reporters his driving habits will change.
“I don’t want to sound like a public-service announcement, but like I said, I usually multitask a lot when I’m driving. And I’ve heard it all before: ‘Don’t do it.’ But, yeah, that’ll be the last time that I do anything,” Burleson said, per the Free Press.