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Lions' Nate Burleson Breaks Arm, Return Unknown

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Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images.
Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press is reporting that Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson broke his arm in two places earlier this morning, and he’s scheduled to undergo surgery today.

The injury is a result of a single-car accident that took place after Burleson was returning home after watching Monday Night Football. Officials for the Lions confirmed via a report by the police that “there was no alcohol involved.”

Burleson, who just had his best game of the season, caught six passes for 116 yards against Washington this past Sunday. Even at the age of 32, he’s a valuable component of their offense.

Ryan Broyles, who is still working his way back to full strength after tearing his ACL last season, is expected to take over Burleson’s role in the passing attack. He made his debut in Week 3, recording three receptions for 34 receiving yards. While he was on a snap count against Washington, his role is expected to grow.

“Every time he’s gone in the game for us, he’s made plays,” said coach Jim Schwartz of Broyles. “He did the same thing in this game. I think he played 17 or 18 plays in this game, which we had talked about, was sort of a good pitch count for him. ... Every day he gets a little bit better, and every day he gets a little more into the groove physically and mentally.”

The Lions also worked out three receivers yesterday, and if Burleson’s injury costs him the season, there’s a good chance that one of those receivers will get signed by the team.