Six weeks ago, Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson had a craving for pizza in the wee hours of the morning, and he wasn’t going to let anything come in between him and that pizza. On his way back from picking up his delicious pies, Burleson saw the two pizza boxes sliding off of his front seat and about to crash to the floor.
As he reached over to stop the pizza from crashing, he failed to realize that his car was heading for a crash into the median. Burleson suffered a broken arm and has not suited up for the Lions since. In recent news, Burleson has returned to Lions practice and the team is excited to have him back.
Sunday, the Lions face the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field for a battle of NFC North supremacy. Earlier this year, the Lions beat the Bears in a rather ugly game for Chicago and since then the Bears have been looking forward to the rematch. Will Burleson have the chance to play in this one? Head coach Jim Schwartz weighs in:
“I’d caution reading too much [into] him being out there and being back,” Schwartz said, according to ESPN. “But he is progressing well and everyone is pleased with his progression. We all know how tough a guy Nate is. If it was up to him, he probably would have missed one game, but there’s only so much that you can do with healing bones and stuff.”
If Burleson was to return against the Bears, Detroit’s offense would be much better off and could put up a vast amount of points against a struggling Chicago defense. Calvin Johnson has been the go-to guy this season, as he should be, and has dazzled fans with some spectacular performances this year. Burleson is practicing and has a legitimate chance to see action in week 10, thus giving Detroit two solid wideouts to take on this rival defense of Chicago.
“The big thing with Nate is when we do get him back, we’re going to get him back,” Schwartz said, “but we want to make sure he’s back for good. To do that, we have to avoid setbacks and stuff like that. But he’s doing well.”