The Detroit Lions offense took a big hit on Tuesday morning when the team learned that wide receiver Nate Burleson suffered a broken arm during a single-car crash early in the morning. Burleson immediately needed to undergo surgery and now he will miss some significant time.
Burleson, who police said was not drinking at the time, crashed on his way home from watching Monday Night Football with some teammates. He has not yet been placed on injured reserve, but that decision will officially be made once the team learns more about his recovery.
Now that Burleson will be on the sidelines, the team will need to count on Ryan Broyles to step up and play a bigger role.
He should see plenty of time in the slot and Broyles has said that he’s ready for the challenge.
From Lions beat writer Tim Twentyman:
Ryan Broyles told me he was ready for an increased role in the offense.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 24, 2013
The Lions continue their season this weekend with an NFC North match up against the undefeated Chicago Bears.