Nate Burleson sounded optimistic when asked today if he might play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first time since breaking his left forearm in a pizza-related car accident.
“I’m saying there’s a chance,” Burleson said. “Like I said a couple weeks ago, I prepare every week as if I’m going to play. I want to play, I want to get out on the field. Still got to be smart and listen to the doctors and listen to the coaches, but the week started off good, getting into the gameplan and trying to figure out if I got a role this week, which looks like there’s a possibility.”
As the story pointed out, Burleson broke his forearm in two places Sept. 24 when he crashed his car into a median while trying to save two pizzas from sliding off his passenger seat. He has missed seven straight games, but practiced the last two weeks and has suffered no setbacks with his injury. Burleson, the Lions’ leading receiver with 19 catches for 239 yards at the time of the accident, plans to wear a Kevlar brace on his arm when he returns and said he’ll have to modify the way he plays.