PRACTICE REPORT: Burleson listed as "Probable" on Friday's injury report; should play Sunday

Posted Nov 22, 2013

It appears the Lions have all hands on deck for this week's match-up with Tampa Bay

Receiver Nate Burleson will be back in the lineup for the Detroit Lions when they take the field on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Burleson was cleared for contact and practiced in full Thursday and Friday. He was listed as probable to play on Friday's injury report.

"When he went out he was our leading receiver at the time," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said of Burleson this week. "On top of his ability to make plays for us and lead our group, he was having a very productive year, one of his better years too. Having him back in there is the reliability factor and the confidence the quarterback has in him is big."

Burleson hasn't played since breaking his forearm Sept. 24 in a car wreck.

The Lions will have a couple other key contributors back Sunday. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle) and cornerback Bill Bentley (knee) are also listed as probable. Both starters (Bentley as the nickel cornerback) have missed the last two games.

The Lions are the healthiest they've been since Week 1 of the NFL season. They had all 53 players practice Thursday and only safety Louis Delmas (maintenance day) missed Friday's practice.

Running back Joique Bell (Achilles) was a full participant in practice Friday after being listed as limited Wednesday and Thursday, but he's still considered questionable on the injury report.

Safety Glover Quin (ankle) and defensive end Israel Idonije (knee) are also listed as questionable. Both players were limited participants in practice all week.

Guard Larry Warford showed up on Friday's injury report with a shoulder injury, but he practiced in full on Friday and is listed as probable.

Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee), defensive tackle Andre Fluellen (thigh), cornerback Jonte Green (illness), tackle Corey Hilliard (knee) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee) are all probable.