Nate Burleson feels ready to return


The Lions could be getting a little help for Calvin Johnson at wide receiver as they try to bounce back from their loss to Pittsburgh this weekend.

Nate Burleson said Tuesday that he feels like he’s ready to return to the lineup, which comes one day after coach Jim Schwartz said Burleson could return from a broken arm against the Buccaneers. Burleson hasn’t received medical clearance yet, but he suggested it’s the only thing standing in his way.

“I feel like I can go out there and be productive,” Burleson said, via Michael Rothstein of “I caught the ball last week very well, ran some routes, had some physical contact. So this week is taking another step. Hopefully a full week of practice without any setbacks, this was around the date of my anticipated return anyway. Everything else was just going to be a bonus, me trying to rush back on the field, but I’m doing everything I can. We’ll see what happens this week.”

Kris Durham is the only non-Megatron receiver that has more catches than Burleson, but he’s averaging under three catches a game while Burleson raced up 19 in just three weeks. Getting that kind of option back would be big for a Lions offense that could use as many dimensions as possible as they try to make it to the playoffs.