Lions’ Wide Receiver Nate Burleson Out with Broken Leg


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NFL via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Detriot Lions are off to a rough start this season, and now the team is down one of their better offensive players. Wide receiver Nate Burleson will miss the rest of the season with a broken arm.

Burleson broke his arm in the team’s loss to the Chicago Bears last night. He was tackled on a 16-yard reception in the third quarter and had to be helped off the field.

“Man, that’s tough,” Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson said after the loss. “We lose a leader, captain on the team. Man, I hate it for him that it had to happen to him. I talked to him after the game; he saying he’s going to be out for some significant time. It’s tough because he’s an emotional leader, leads by example on the field, gets the energy up. We’re going to have to take that over for him.”

The 31-year-old Burleson was in his third season with the Lions. The veteran receiver had caught 27 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Replacing Burleson as the team’s third wide receiver will be rookie Ryan Broyles. In last night’s game, Broyles caught three passes for 51 yards and a touchdown.

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