The Detroit Lions have a one-game cushion in the NFC North thanks to their victory over the Chicago Bears last Sunday and the fact that Aaron Rodgers is still out with a broken collarbone. For that reason, are the Lions smart to keep wide receiver Nate Burleson inactive for the Week 11 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers, or should they allow him to play now that he’s healthy?
The Lions have already stated that they have no intention of letting Burleson suit up. There really is no need to considering the way the offense is playing without him. Obviously, Burleson gives Detroit a huge advantage, but at this point, there isn’t a huge rush to get him back to the field on game day.
“The way the team is playing, there’s an ease in my spirit that I don’t have to rush as of right now,” Burleson said, according to ESPN.com. “That’s day-to-day, week-to-week. Sunday turns out great again, it’d give me another week to heal up.”
“Any time Nate is on the field, we’re a better football team,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “He’s a guy that’s played in this offense for a lot of years and I have a lot of games under my belt with him and a lot of experience with him so whenever we get him back, that’ll be a plus for us.”
The good news is the Lions have been able to win without him, which shows just how talented they truly are. In fact, considering Rodgers and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler are out indefinitely, Detroit could very well run away with the division. Of course, none of that will be known until after Sunday when the rest of the league will get to see how the backup quarterbacks perform against their respective teams.