WR Nate Burleson breaks his arm in single-car accident

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Only days removed from a six-catch, 116-yard performance in Washington, Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson’s season may be in jeopardy after he broke his arm in a single-car accident early this morning. He will undergo surgery today.

Alcohol was not a factor in the overnight accident.

Burleson was distracted when an item fell of his front passenger seat and he hit the median on I-696.

"We will provide appropriate updates when more information on Burleson’s condition becomes available," the Lions said in a statement.

Burleson, who leads the team with 19 catches, was on his way home from watching Monday Night Football with friends.

Burleson is coming off his best game as a Lion in the team’s 27-20 win over Washington. His 116 yards are the most he’s had in a game since 2007. His previous high with the Lions was 113 vs. the New York Jets back in 2010.

Burleson was just getting back to 100 percent after breaking his leg vs. Chicago last October. His recovery from that injury recently earned him the Ed Block Courage Award from Lions trainers and teammates.

With Burleson out, expect Ryan Broyles to take over as the team's No. 1 option in the slot.

Broyles was active for the first time this season Sunday and has three catches for 34 yards in 17 plays.

A second-round pick last year, Broyles is recovering from his second torn ACL in as many years.

"Every time he’s gone in the game for us, he’s made plays," head coach Jim Schwartz said of Broyles.

"He did the same thing in this game. I think he played 17 or 18 plays in this game, which we had talked about, was sort of a good pitch count for him."

The Lions probably can’t afford any "pitch counts" moving forward, though, after Tuesday news.

"Every day he gets a little bit better and every day he gets a little more into the groove physically and mentally and things like that," Schwartz said. "It’s a long road back. A lot was made of their (Redskins) quarterback and his recovery from an ACL (injury), but Ryan’s no different and he’s still working his way back."

Burleson is a team leader and a great locker room presence, on top of being a terrific complimentary piece to Calvin Johnson in the passing game, and his absence, however long, will be felt.