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Nate Burleson cleared to return from broken arm

Nate Burleson AP

The pizzas are safe, and the Lions offense may be again too.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Burleson has been cleared for contact and will be in the lineup Sunday, barring any late setbacks.

“I don’t want to give away too much, but things are looking up for Nate Burleson,” Burleson said Thursday, showing his ability to use the third person has recovered as well. “Catching some balls, getting high fives. My friends are talking to me again. Things are finally looking up. That pizza set me back, man.”

Burleson broke his left forearm in a Sept. 24 car wreck, which happened when he tried to keep two pizzas from sliding off the passenger seat of his car.

He missed seven games since, though he’s still near the top of the stat sheet. He led the team with 19 catches for 239 yards at the time of the wreck, and other than Calvin Johnson, the only wide receiver to pass him in those categories was Kris Durham, despite the nearly two-month absence.

But they’re hoping for more than just stats when he returns.

“His leadership and his energy,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “Just being able to have that in that huddle brings confidence to the group. And not that they don’t have that, but he just has the creditability to go in and kind of get those guys going and be kind of like that, I don’t know if he’s the mascot for the receivers, but he certainly gets them going and brings a bunch of positive energy to our team.”

Johnson’s done OK in his absence, leading the league with 1,083 yards and 11 touchdowns. But the Lions have clearly been looking for someone else to help Megatron as they fight for the NFC North title, and Burleson’s return should help that process.

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10 Responses to “Nate Burleson cleared to return from broken arm”
  1. noeffinway says: Nov 22, 2013 9:27 AM

    The understatement of the year: “Johnson’s done oK”…lol

  2. wannabear says: Nov 22, 2013 9:29 AM

    Oh! Damn those two-stooges-pizzas.!!!

  3. mortalkondek says: Nov 22, 2013 9:35 AM

    Welcome back, Nate!

  4. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 22, 2013 9:39 AM

    Let’s get after it.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 22, 2013 9:52 AM

    I am still amazed by his escaping the wreck caused by his driving while texting/talking and eating pizza without getting a ticket… and… getting free pizza, too.

    Sure… he broke his arm… but… to be rewarded for his stupidity with free pizza and no traffic citation is Hall of Fame worthy accomplishment.

  6. steelerben says: Nov 22, 2013 9:53 AM

    See, to Clifford Franklin, the ball is like a one man cold. Only Clifford Franklin catchin it. Only Clifford Franklin comin down with it.

    I love me some third person receiver talk.

  7. ike1973 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:59 AM

    Welcome back Burley. Now let’s go take the NFC North.

  8. dd393 says: Nov 22, 2013 12:42 PM

    DiGiorno or delivery? Hmmm.

  9. polegojim says: Nov 22, 2013 1:21 PM

    They need him… Calvin is a beast… but Stafford has become FAR too reliant on him and very one dimensional.

    Nate is his second favorite and will help both Calving and the running game get more opps.

  10. simplesimon1 says: Nov 22, 2013 1:32 PM

    doctorrustbelt wrote :

    “I am still amazed by his escaping the wreck caused by his driving while texting/talking and eating pizza without getting a ticket… and… getting free pizza, too.”

    No, there actually isn’t almost anythig in your comment that is true. I know it’s convenient to, at times, fill in the gaps as if you were there, but nothing you wrote is factual, aside from getting free pizza.

    He wasn’t driving while texting/talking and eating pizza. He went out for pizza, the pizza slid off the seat, he tried to stop it, and he crashed his car. It’s called an accident. He used his phone AFTERWARDS to take pics of the mess. He didn’t get a ticket becasue he did nothing illegal, just stupid.

    Does that clear up the confusion?

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