NFL news roundup: Nate Burleson to avoid IR, NFL wants more games in London

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The Lions' Nate Burleson's injury status and the NFL's desire to be in London are among the big stories for Tuesday.

Lions' wide receiver Nate Burleson will not be placed on injured reserve, despite breaking his arm in two places on Monday. Burleson was reaching for pizza that was falling off the passenger seat and swerved into a median. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident, which prevented further injury.

While he may not be out for the season, Sean Yuille of Pride of Detroit believes Burleson's absence is a huge loss for the Lions:

This is just an unbelievably bad blow to the Lions' offense. Burleson was coming off his best game in years -- 6 catches for 116 yards -- and the wide receiver corps was just starting to come together with the return of Ryan Broyles. On the season, Burleson actually leads the Lions in receptions with 19, but now Broyles will be called upon to step in for him, at least in the slot.

Here is some other news from around the NFL that you may have missed on Tuesday:

NFL planning more London games, eyeing UK expansion

The NFL is looking to add more games in London in the near future. The ultimate goal for the league could be to have an NFL franchise in the United Kingdom by 2020, according to NFL UK managing director Alistair Kirkwood. The NFL currently has two games at Wimbley Stadium in 2013.

The first of the London matchups for this season will be on Sunday and feature the Steelers against the Vikings. On Oct. 27, the Jaguars will play the 49ers. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has previously expressed interest in having the Jaguars plays two games at Wimbley Stadium every season.

Vikings QB coach: Christian Ponder must 'suck it up' when facing criticism

Due to the Vikings' recent lack of success, quarterback Christian Ponder has been criticized heavily by the media and fans. However, his quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson does not sympathize with the former first-round pick. Johnson believes that Ponder should "suck it up" when faced with harsh critics.

The Vikings currently have the league's 24th-ranked passing offense and Ponder has thrown several interceptions. His team currently sits at 3-0 and he has been a large factor in their losses, having thrown interceptions at critical points in games.

Le'Veon Bell injury: Steelers RB likely to play vs. Vikings

Steelers' rookie running back Le'Veon Bell is expected to make his NFL debut in Week 4 against the Vikings in London. Bell has reportedly recovered well enough from his Lisfranc injury to play on Sunday, according to FOX's Jay Glazer. The rookie suffered the injury during a preseason game against the Redskins in August and has missed the first three games of the season.

Neal Coolong of Behind the Steel Curtain believes that Bell's addition could help the Steelers' sub-par running back group down the road:

The Steelers ran a bit better in Week 3 than they had the first two weeks, but it's still a far cry from league average. How much action Bell would see, if he does play, will be a topic of conversation heading into the game. Jonathan Dwyer was impressive in pass protection in Week 3, and considering the state of the banged-up Vikings secondary, they may look to throw the ball a bit more.

Henry Hynoski injury: Giants FB could be out for the year

The Giants could be without their starting fullback for the rest of the season. Henry Hynoski's shoulder fracture could end his season, according to Connor Orr of the Star-Ledger. Hynoski was injured during the Giants' 38-0 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.

The Giants used Bear Pascoe has Hynoski's replacement in Week 3. Third-string tight end Larry Donnell would become the backup to starter Brandon Myers if Pascoe is named the full-time starter at fullback.

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