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Nate Burleson returns to practice for the Lions


The Lions are getting back to work after their bye week and they’re doing it with a player who has been out of action for a lot longer than a week.

Wide receiver Nate Burleson has returned to the field for the first time since breaking his arm in a car accident that happened when Burleson tried to keep a pizza box from sliding off the passenger seat in late September. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that Burleson took part in individual drills, but was not part of either the first or second team when the Lions moved into an installation period.

Birkett also reports that coach Jim Schwartz said after practice that it is too early to say whether or not Burleson will be available when the Lions travel to Chicago in Week 10.

The Lions could certainly use Burleson’s help on offense after losing Ryan Broyles for the rest of the season. Kris Durham has provided some solid complementary work to Calvin Johnson, but the team currently has no other healthy wideouts who have made a significant contribution on offense this season. Adding Burleson for the stretch run would likely boost Detroit’s chances of making their way to the playoffs.

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12 Responses to “Nate Burleson returns to practice for the Lions”
  1. ad2k13 says: Nov 5, 2013 12:24 PM

    Hopefully he took a cab…

  2. bennyb82 says: Nov 5, 2013 12:29 PM

    I’m no doctor but that seems pretty quick to come back from an arm broken in two places.

  3. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 5, 2013 12:37 PM

    Let’s get after it! Opportunity is knocking!!

  4. purpleguy says: Nov 5, 2013 12:38 PM

    I bet if Nate Burelson never hears the words “pizza box” again he’ll be a happy man.

  5. britishteeth says: Nov 5, 2013 12:50 PM


  6. Suck for the Duck says: Nov 5, 2013 1:01 PM

    I wouldn’t advise Nate to try Frank Costanza’s “stop short” move.

  7. donkeydik says: Nov 5, 2013 1:02 PM

    Peyton Manning is gonna hire him to represent Manning’s chain of pizza parlors. Nate be the guy wearing a cast saying “We care about your pizzas”

  8. folkcrusader says: Nov 5, 2013 1:20 PM

    A Seahawk fan from back home wishes you the best on your recovery Nate.

  9. shatho1 says: Nov 5, 2013 1:32 PM

    the lions… playoffs hahahahahahaha .lmao!!!

  10. freebird2011 says: Nov 5, 2013 1:39 PM

    purpleguy, Burleson got a year’s supply of pizzas from DiGiorno, so give them credit for clever marketing and making sure Burleson doesn’t have any more pizza boxes on the front seat.

  11. smstonerock says: Nov 5, 2013 2:40 PM

    shatho1 says:

    “the lions… playoffs hahahahahahaha .lmao!!!”

    I guess you don’t follow football. They were in the playoffs two years ago and halfway through this season they’re first in the NFC North.

  12. dino2997 says: Nov 6, 2013 3:48 AM

    smstonerock says:

    I guess you don’t follow football. They were in the playoffs two years ago and halfway through this season they’re first in the NFC North.


    Might be Deja Vu this season. The only reason the Lions made it to the playoffs two years ago was because Cutler got hurt. This season both Cutler and Rodgers are injured.

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