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Burleson: Lions keep winning, so I don’t have to hurry back

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson got hurt in October, as he crashed his car trying to save pizza from falling.

Since his crash, he has become an advocate for DiGiorno’s pizza after he broke his right arm as he was trying to save a pizza on his passenger seat when he crashed. He would be given a year supply of DiGiorno’s pizza to eat at home, and met with the representatives in Chicago this weekend.

Yet, he said tonight that he’s not going to rush back to the team. He said the Lions success is the reason for him to continue to recover from his broken arm.

The Lions are 6-3, and are leading the NFC North Division. They have a game on the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, who are 5-4.

Both the Bears and Packers have been dealing with injuries to their quarterbacks. And they had to go to backups, while the Lions have been able to count on quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Burleson has been cleared to run routes and has been able to take some contact. There’s a chance that Burleson could return to the Lions for Week 12 against the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If he’s unable to return on Week 12, then there’s a chance that he will return to the team on Thanksgiving, November 28th, against the Packers at home.

“I still have to listen to the doctors,” he said. “If the season was different and there was a sense of urgency of guys needing to be out there, I’d take a pain pill and say, ‘Let’s do it.’ … (But) the way the team is playing there is an ease in my spirit that I don’t have to rush it.”

Burleson has only been able to play in three games this season. He has 19 receptions for 239 yards. He also has a rush for -8 yards.


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