Sep 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) runs with ball as Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather (31) defends during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Burleson says he’s not going to ‘pull an RGIII’


Earlier this week, Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson returned to practice, this after fracturing his arm (attempting to save a pizza from falling in his SUV) during a September car accident.

But despite the fact that he’s returned to practice, he doesn’t want everybody to assume that means he’s ready to play. He says that time will come when it comes, after he talks to his coaches and more importantly doctors, suggesting that he doesn’t want to ‘pull an RGIII‘:

“I’m not going to sit here and pull an RG3 and talk over what is common sense and that’s listen to my coaches and listen to the doctors,” Burleson said. “I want to play and that’s just me being a competitor. That doesn’t mean that my arm is ready to be out there for 60 minutes. I’m going to talk with the coaches, talk with the trainers and talk with the doctors and figure out if this week, next week or the week after is best for me.”

Robert Griffin III of course was less than pleased with how the Redskins coaching and medical staff handled his rehab, more or less suggesting that they were being too cautious.

Burleson on the other hand doesn’t seem ready to complain – he’ll play when he’s told he can play as his injury is susceptible to a re-fracture if not completely healed.

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  • William Rhoads

    I what to be the first to say good for you nate he has been here here many years and yes we need him but a week or two more would be okay to make sure he is ready to play! Coaches in washington have a bad habit of not worrying about the health of some players! Yes that is the high pressure to win now! The detroit lions have had there share off bad injury I always go to cautious side! I remember Utley tragic injury playing the game he loves and the wheel chair he now sits in! The days of instant everything has a price and bringing a player back to soon is to risky for the player! A good example in detroit was broyles the best thing the lions could have done is put him on IR for this year he has had two knee injuries in two years back to back it would have been smarter to let him have a year long recovery to make sure he was completely healed its a lot of time to heal up after two knees is just the wise thing to do ! instead he tore his achille and that is a bad injury for a player to recover from I like broyles and his play I think that the his play this year indicated he was not ready to return and that should been the call to put him back on IR for this year and he would have been ready to pay!Now we do not if he will be ever ready to play !