This week for the Detroit Lions seemed to have two storylines.
The first: beating NFC North rival Chicago at Ford Field on Sunday.
The second: recovering from the unexpected loss of wide receiver
The Lions are also forced to move forward without defensive end
Both are big losses, but Burleson's injury coming away from the football field and as a result of a car accident thrust it to center stage.
“Good thing is, I walked away with injuries to my arm from a totaled vehicle which is a blessing,” said Burleson on Friday. “You look at the car, I’ll take this any day of the week."
In good spirits, Burleson is preparing to cheer on his teammates during tomorrow's much-anticipated match-up with the 3-0 Chicago Bears.
At 2-1, the Lions have the opportunity to not only hand the Bears their first loss of the season, but they could snag the top spot in the NFC North with a 2-0 division record.
"Especially early in the season, if we could get through two-thirds of our division having won both games, that would be huge," said wide receiver
"It will put us in a good spot as far as going through the rest of the season if we start 2-0 in our division."
MORE NEWS, NOTES AND HEADLINES SURROUNDING THIS WEEK'S MATCH-UP:
- The Chicago Bears may have a new, offensive-minded head coach, but their defense hasn't skipped a beat.
- Cites Mike O'Hara in this week's Opponent Breakdown: "In the first three games, the Bears have 11 takeaways – five interceptions and six fumble recoveries – and they are tied with Seattle for second in the NFL with a turnover ratio of plus six."
- O'Hara predicts a 26-17 Lions victory.
- Wide receiver Calvin Johnson (not known for being anything but cool, calm and collected) actually admitted to disliking the Bears, saying, "It's easy to dislike them. It's not hard at all."
- Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan told the media Thursday that replacing Burleson will be a "collective" effort.
- Making that collective effort a little more difficult is the potential of not having wide receiver Patrick Edwards tomorrow. He is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game.
- Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (abdomen), safety
Don Carey(hamstring), tackle Jason Fox(groin) and tackle Corey Hilliard(groin) are listed as questionable.
- Rookie P
Sam Martinwas named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance at Washington. The Lions are hoping he can perform just as well -- if not better -- against Devin Hester and the Bears.