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.