Nate Burleson injury: Lions will not place WR on injured reserve

Patrick McDermott

The Lions are hoping to get Nate Burleson back this season and will not put him on injured reserve.

The Detroit Lions will not be placing wide receiver Nate Burleson on injured reserve. Despite breaking his arm in a car crash, the Lions are hoping to get him back sometime this season.

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Burleson broke his left forearm in two places in a fluke car crash. He was reaching for a pizza sliding off the passenger seat and swerved into a median. Police say alcohol was not involved. He is expected to have surgery on Wednesday. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz doesn't believe it's a serious injury. From MLive:

"It's fortunate any time you're in a highway accident. There's potential for worse than broken bones," he said. "And he was fortunate in this case, and we're fortunate in this case, it wasn't more than that.

"We'll miss him the time he's out. We'll see how long that'll be, but it's not a career-ender, it's not a season-ender -- at least at this point."

Burleson was leading the Lions with 19 receptions and had 239 yards. He was coming off his best game as a Lion, recording six catches for 116 yards in a win over the Washington Redskins. Ryan Broyles is expected to be elevated to the slot receiver role in his absence, with Kris Durham and Patrick Edwards also in the mix.

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