Lions lose WR Nate Burleson for season with broken leg
October 23, 2012
By Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press Sports Writer
CHICAGO – The Lions’ struggling offense took another hit Monday when receiver Nate Burleson fractured his leg in the second half of a 13-7 loss to the Bears and was lost for the season.
Burleson was third the team with 27 catches for 240 yards and was the only Lion with multiple touchdowns.
He injured his leg on his only catch Monday, a 16-yard grab on the Lions’ second possession of the third quarter. He immediately grabbed his leg after the play and was carted to the locker room.
Along with being one of the Lions' few reliable pass catchers this year, Burleson is the team’s vocal leader, often breaking down huddles before and after games.
“The guy’s got a ton of spirit, he’s a great leader,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “He gets that receiver room ready to go. Week in and week out he’s a great work ethic guy, and then on the field the guy makes plays. He’s always calling for the ball on third down, wanting to be the chain mover and leader of this team. I don’t suspect that he’s going to be quiet just because he hurt his leg, but he’s going to be missed on the field for sure.”
With Burleson out, the Lions will turn to Titus Young and Ryan Broyles in their three-receiver set, two players they spent high draft picks on the last two years with little return so far.
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