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