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WR Nate Burleson has agreed to a 1-year deal with the Browns.  Turning 33 in August, Burleson posted a 39-361-1 line in 9 games with the Lions last year.  He's managed to play 16 games just once in the past 6 seasons.  And he hasn't reached 12 yards per catch since 2009.  Burleson is a possession, slot receiver at this point of his career.  Volume made him a low-end PPR option in Detroit, but that won't be the case in Cleveland.  Burleson will be no better than 4th in the pecking order behind WR Josh Gordon, TE Jordan Cameron and WR Andrew Hawkins.

The Lions have released WR Nate Burleson.  The move was fully expected.  Burleson was due $5.5 million in 2014 and is a JAG ("just a guy") at this point of his career.  He turns 33 in August, has missed 17 games over the past 2 seasons and hasn't reached 12 yards per catch since 2009.  Burleson would do well just to earn a #3 WR job in 2014.  The Lions, meanwhile, are woefully thin at WR, with Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles and Patrick Edwards behind Calvin Johnson on the depth chart.  Look for Detroit to add a receiver or 2 in free agency and/or the draft.

5 months ago

Lions WR Nate Burleson (arm) is officially active for today’s game against the Bucs.  It’ll be his 1st action since Week 3.  That obviously adds risk to Burleson’s Week 12 fantasy profile, but he also carries plenty of upside against a Bucs team that has struggled to defend slot receivers.  Consider Burleson a risk/reward WR3.

Lions WR Nate Burleson (arm) is probable for Sunday’s game against the Bucs.  He was limited in practice all week but reportedly worked with the 1st-team offense.  Burleson is fully expected to play and should step right back in as Detroit’s #2 WR.  He’s a WR3 option against a Bucs defense that’s been torched recently by slot receivers.

Lions WR Nate Burleson practiced in full on Thursday for the 1st time since breaking his arm.  He's been working with the 1st-team offense this week and is expected to play against the Bucs on Sunday.  He'll be worth immediate consideration as a WR3, especially in PPR leagues.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Lions WR Nate Burleson said Tuesday he has a "chance" of playing Sunday against Tampa Bay.  "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," he said.  Burleson's been out since a Sept. 24 car accident broke his left forearm.  He'll bring some sneaky PPR upside whenever he returns to a Lions pass offense still needing a #2 receiver.

5 months ago

Lions WR Nate Burleson (arm) is inactive for today’s game against the Steelers.  He’s been practicing for a few weeks now and seems close to a return.  Kris Durham will once again serve as Detroit’s #2 WR today.

Lions WR Nate Burleson (arm) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Steelers.  All indications are that the team will hold him out 1 more week.  Look for Burleson to return for Week 12.  He should be a valuable PPR asset down the stretch.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lions WR Nate Burleson won’t play Sunday at Pittsburgh.  This, despite the fact that Burleson’s broken arm has healed.  He’s also taken reps in practice, so Detroit’s decision to hold him out likely comes down to their 6-3 record.  The rise of Kris Durham certianly helps, too.  Burleson is healthy enough to play and should make his return next week vs. Tampa Bay. 

Lions WR Nate Burleson continues to make steady progress in his return from a broken arm.  "I was cleared to run routes today, which I didn't even know I was going to do," Burleson said Wednesday. "It felt good to bang my arm around, get contact and catch the ball."  Burleson wouldn't commit to returning for this weekend's game against the Steelers, but he's clearly getting close.  He should be rostered in most PPR fantasy leagues.

Lions WR Nate Burleson (arm) is out for Sunday's game against the Bears.  He practiced all week, though, and appears to be gearing up for a Week 11 return.  Burleson is worth stashing in PPR fantasy leagues.  His absence this week makes Kris Durham a viable WR3 bye-week option again.

Lions WR Nate Burleson practiced on Tuesday for the 1st time since breaking his arm in a car accident on September 24th.  He had been expected to return for Week 10, but ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported last Friday that Burleson might need "a couple more weeks."  Consider him questionable for Sunday's showdown against the Bears, but Burleson is worth adding now in PPR leagues.  He averaged 6.3 catches and 79.7 yards per game through the season's first 3 weeks.

Lions WR Nate Burleson (arm) is hoping to get back on the field in Week 10.  Detroit has a Week 9 bye.  Burleson got on the practice field on Wednesday for positional drills.  He obviously can't catch passes with that broken arm but can at least stay in football shape.  He should be ready to roll as soon as that arm is healed up.  We wouldn't bother rostering Burleson in most fantasy leagues, but his return will provide a boost for QB Matt Stafford down the stretch.

Lions WR Nate Burleson is hoping to return from his broken arm in November, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.  That'd put Burleson back on the field sometime between Week 10 and 13.  Ryan Broyles could be established as Detroit's #2 WR by then.  Burleson isn't worth hanging on to in fantasy.

Lions WR Nate Burleson broke his arm in a single-car accident early this morning.  Alcohol or drugs were not believed to be involved.  Burleson is undergoing surgery today.  It's an injury that will knock Burleson out for a significant period of time.  It might even be season-ending.  Feel free to drop Burleson in fantasy leagues.  His loss is a tough blow for a Lions team thin at WR.  Ryan Broyles will now be forced into an increased role.  He might emerge as a WR3 sooner than we expected.    

Lions WR Nate Burleson took the field with teammates Thursday, 3 months ahead of his scheduled return.  Burleson said he skipped the depression stage after breaking his leg last season and dove right into rigorous rehab.  The 33-year-old worked out twice a day in Seattle this offseason -- unbeknownst to his team -- with plans to get back on the field and surprise everyone.  Jettisoning Titus Young and losing Ryan Broyles to a late-season ACL tear could leave the Lions needing Burleson to start come September.  He still wouldn't be an exciting fantasy option in that situation.  Perhaps a WR5 in most formats.

1 year ago

Lions WR Nate Burleson is ahead of schedule in his recovery from last October's broken leg.  "The great news is I'm healed up," he said. "I just got news from my doctors that the bone is good. I'm running and jumping three months ahead of schedule."  Burleson should be a full-go for training camp.  And the broken leg isn't something that should linger.  He'll turn 32 in August but had shown no signs of slowing down prior to the injury.  He was on pace for 83 catches last year -- and racked up 73 in 2011.  Burleson is currently sitting #2 on Detroit's depth chart.  He'll need to fend off WR Ryan Broyles once he recovers from last year's torn ACL.  The Lions also figure to draft competition this week.

Lions WR Nate Burleson has agreed to a restructured contract.  It means he's more than likely to remain in Detroit for 2013, which wasn't the case with the $4.5 million he was originally scheduled to make.  Burleson will turn 32 this August and is coming off a broken leg suffered last October.  He hauled in 73 balls in 2011, though, and was on an early pace for 83 before going down last year.  With Titus Young gone and Ryan Broyles recovering from a torn ACL, Burleson will be counted on to play a significant role again in 2013.

1 year ago

Lions WR Nate Burleson broke his leg during Monday night's game against the Bears. He's done for the year.  Burleson had been serving as a reliable possession receiver for Detroit, averaging 8 targets and 5 catches per game.  That possession role now figures to go to rookie WR Ryan Broyles.  He flashed in his NFL debut on Monday, hauling in 3 of 4 targets for 51 yards and a score.  Broyles was considered an NFL-ready WR before tearing his ACL at Oklahoma last year.  Now he's healthy and will be given a chance to make that impact.  He's worth adding in PPR leagues.

2 years ago

Lions WR Nate Burleson will undergo elbow surgery later this week to have fluid drained and a bursa sac removed.  He injured the elbow last November and was hoping it'd heal on its own.  It's continued to swell though, so Burleson will undergo what the Detroit Free Press calls a "minor" procedure.  It sounds like Burleson will be fine for the start of training camp, but we'll continue to monitor his progress.

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