Lions’ Nate Burleson suffers broken arm in single-car crash
“Nate Burleson was involved in a one-car accident overnight,” the Lions released in a statement. "Burleson suffered a broken arm and will undergo surgery today.”
According to police report, the accident occurred around 2:25 a.m. EDT, as Burleson returning to his home after watching "Monday Night Football" with teammates. Burleson crashed into the median wall on the highway, while travelling westbound I-696 in Farmington Hills, since he was “trying to catch an object that was falling off his seat.”
The object was later identified as pizza in police reports. However, no alcohol was involved in the incident, the police also confirmed regarding Burleson’s accident.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said that Burleson broke his arm in two places, in the one-car crash, though he suffered no further injuries. Burleson’s surgery for the broken arm will be performed by the same doctor who previously operated on his broken leg.
"We want to make sure he gets it fixed and fixed well," Schwartz said.
There is no timetable for Burleson’s projected return yet. Schwartz added that the Lions have no immediate plans to placed Burleson on the IR, since he expects the 32-year-old back at some point this season. But even at best, Burleson looks likely to miss most of the remaining season, and will be a significant loss for the Lions over the next couple of weeks.
In three games this season, Burleson leads the Lions with 19 catches for 239 yards. Without Johnson, the Lions lack veteran productivity opposite Calvin Johnson. The team was already thin at receiver without starter Patrick Edwards in last Week’s 27-20 win over the Washington Redskins. Now, the Lions are expected to turn more heavily to Ryan Broyles to step into the No.2 spot alongside Calvin Johnson. In his first action of the season, Broyles played 17 snaps against the Redskins last Sunday. Kris Durham could also get increased playing time under the current circumstances.
The 11th-year pro Burleson has faced a myriad of injuries during his NFL career, which includes a torn ACL in 2011 and being limited to just six games last season after suffering a broken leg in October.