Nate Burleson ruled out for Sunday; Ansah, Hilliard and Bentley doubtful

Posted Nov 8, 2013

The Lions aren't going to risk a setback in receiver Nate Burleson's recovery from a broken left forearm, which is why they've ruled him out for Sunday's game in Chicago

Nate Burleson practiced all four days for the Detroit Lions this week, but he won’t make his return to game action in Chicago.

The Lions have ruled their veteran receiver out for Sunday’s pivotal NFC North matchup with the Bears.

Nate BurlesonWR Nate Burleson

Burleson returned to practice in limited fashion this week after breaking his left forearm Sept. 24 in an early-morning car crash. He was coming off a six-catch, 116-yard performance in Washington.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz cautioned reporters earlier in the week that Burleson’s return to the practice field didn’t necessarily mean he’d be ready to return to game action.

"I’d caution thinking too much in to him being out there and being back," Schwartz said. "He is progressing well and everybody is pleased with his progression.

"We all know how tough of a guy Nate is. If it was up to him, he probably would have missed one game. There is only so much you can do with healing bones and stuff. I think the big thing with Nate is when we do get him back, we’re going to get him back, but we want to make sure he is back for good. To do that, we have to avoid setbacks and stuff like that."

The Lions appear ready to wait until Burleson’s forearm is completely healed before subjecting him to wear and tear of game action.

The team isn’t likely to have defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle), cornerback Bill Bentley (knee) and tackle Corey Hilliard (knee) in Chicago, either, as all three players are listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report. All three players didn’t practice at all this week, including Tuesday bonus practice coming off the Bye Week.

Expect Israel Idonije or Devin Taylor to start at right defensive end for Ansah; Rashean Mathis to play the slot cornerback position in nickel situations for Bentley and rookie LaAdrian Waddle to make his second career start at right tackle for Hilliard.

Running back Reggie Bush (knee), safety Louis Delmas (knee), receiver Calvin Johnson (knee), safety Glover Quin (ankle) and linebacker Travis Lewis (ankle) are all probable.