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Nate Burleson not rushing back from injury, fantasy status unclear for Week 10

Patrick McDermott

Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson isn't rush back from his injury. We break down the fantasy implications.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson is back at practice, but whether or not he'l be able to play in Week 10 is still anybody's guess. Burleson told reported on Tuesday that he isn't going to "pull an RG3," and that he won't be playing until doctors and coaches tell him that he can play, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

The line about RG3 refers to Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins quarterback who sustained serious knee injuries in the playoffs last season, but always targeted a Week 1 return, even before it was anywhere close to being early enough to tell if that was actually smart or realistic.

Burleson led the Lions with 19 receptions for 239 yards before he broke his left forearm while trying to save pizza from sliding off his passenger seat on Sept. 24. It was a single-car accident and one of the more bizarre injuries in the NFL in some time. Detroit faces an important matchup in Week 10 as they take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field but as noted, Burleson is going to come back when he's ready, and not a moment sooner.

Fantasy Impact: If you hung on to Burleson after his injury, then he'll probably be back soon and will probably be a valuable WR3 in many leagues. However, whether or not he returns for Week 10 is still a big question mark. Some clarity may come when we see the practice participation and injury reports for Thursday and Friday, however.

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