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Nate Burleson: I’ll return soon, reach 1,000 yards this season


Lions receiver Nate Burleson doesn’t expect the broken arm he suffered in a car accident to cost him much playing time, and he still has a goal of 1,000 receiving yards this year.

“When I get back, I’m still going to try to go after that 1,000 yards,” Burleson told the Detroit News. “So that means I’ve got to have enough games to do it, which means I should be back soon.”

Burleson had 239 yards through three games, meaning he needs 761 to get to 1,000. To have a shot at 1,000 yards, he’ll probably need to return as quickly from his broken arm as Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did last year, when he missed just five games after breaking his arm in November. And unlike Gronkowski, Burleson will need to avoid breaking the same arm again.

The single-car accident happened when Burleson was reaching down to grab a pizza that was falling off his passenger seat, and Burleson said he’s OK with being the butt of jokes about that.

“In the time of it happening, I honestly knew that jokes were going to come,” he said. “I try to see the lighter side of everything. Even when I was sitting there waiting on the ambulance, I was like, ‘This is going to be funny a few days from now.’”

It’s funny in large part because Burleson can laugh about it. Burleson made his remarks at a ceremony for the Ed Block Courage Award, which Burleson received last year for the way he worked to recover from a broken leg. This injury is once again revealing Burleson as a man who always stays upbeat.

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20 Responses to “Nate Burleson: I’ll return soon, reach 1,000 yards this season”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 2, 2013 6:50 AM

    Crazy just has to be in the water over there.


  2. skoobyfl says: Oct 2, 2013 7:03 AM

    Pizza can hurt you .

  3. iplayforrexryan says: Oct 2, 2013 7:10 AM

    He should visualize that the ball is a slice of dominoes meat lovers.

  4. faulkn22 says: Oct 2, 2013 7:11 AM

    Glad he was alright and we can all laugh about it now.

  5. zappa69 says: Oct 2, 2013 7:20 AM

    Pizza my a$$, was drinking!

    Also, shut up Nate, your not helping.

  6. shappy7 says: Oct 2, 2013 7:33 AM

    IF you get 1000 yards this season I will kiss a fat chick. And ill never kiss a fat chick!

  7. tharoostah says: Oct 2, 2013 8:02 AM

    Hes barley gotten 1000 yds once in his 10 year career, and now hes going to get it the year he breaks his arm. Brilliant.

  8. 12brichandfamous says: Oct 2, 2013 8:05 AM

    Where do you get a pizza at 0230??? The story does not make sense to me,

  9. bennyb82 says: Oct 2, 2013 8:20 AM

    Duct Tape

  10. elks84 says: Oct 2, 2013 8:36 AM

    He said try to reach 1,000 yards.

    Nice misquote in the title.

  11. majormeatcurtains says: Oct 2, 2013 9:35 AM

    PAPA JOHNS BEOTCH! NO way you hit a 1000 yards with Detroit, the festering, bankrupt sphincter of America.

  12. majormeatcurtains says: Oct 2, 2013 9:36 AM

    Why does Detroit still have a team? We’d move them to L.A. if they’d leave Suh and his stink behind.

  13. sowcrates says: Oct 2, 2013 9:58 AM

    The Lions have nothad 2 1000 yard receivers since 2006…which is sort of insane when you think about how much Stafford has passed the ball recently. Guess that can happen when Megatron catches 2000 and Titus Young flies over the cuckoo’s nest

  14. shayeezy says: Oct 2, 2013 10:00 AM

    one of the most likable guys in the league. not a lions fan, but hope he comes back soon and gets back to the pace he was on!

  15. amarsh12 says: Oct 2, 2013 11:06 AM

    Reggie will take all of those yards now go fetch me some papa johns

  16. palefaceflorio says: Oct 2, 2013 11:26 AM

    Seriously…do delusion and Detroit go hand in hand? I hear they’re planning a parade for the city (what’s left of it) because the Lions beat the Bears for the first time since 2011. Isn’t that cute? It’ll be like their own mini-Super Bowl parade since, you know, they’ll never actually have a real one.

  17. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 2, 2013 12:43 PM

    he should get an endorsement deal with a pizza chain

  18. jumbomesquite says: Oct 2, 2013 12:50 PM

    zappa69 says: Oct 2, 2013 7:20 AM

    Pizza my a$$, was drinking!

    Also, shut up Nate, your not helping.


    He was drinking? Based on what proof?

    And it’s *you’re not *your.

    Dumb comment.

  19. polegojim says: Oct 2, 2013 12:55 PM

    Awesome attitude by Nate – thank you thank you!

    As for the ‘Detroit’ bashing… just shut it and watch and stop being hemorrhoidal.

    I grew up there. If you’d seen it at it’s best and potential, it can be an awesome place… and still has many many incredible features. It may not return to ‘peak’, but it will be good.

    RedWings and new/redevelopment will infuse large dollars into the area during construction and afterward. It’s the first of many to come.

  20. afcdomination says: Oct 2, 2013 2:39 PM

    this is where I question the whole system there with the lions. they have a bunch of guys worried about their personal statistics over team.

    come back and help your team win, go for a ring, a 1,000 yard season means absolutely nothing.

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