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The Browns have released WR Nate Burleson.  The fact that he couldn't make this roster tells you all you need to know about what Burleson has left to offer.  His NFL career is likely over.  Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins will open the season as Cleveland's top 2 WRs.  Burleson's release makes WR Charles Johnson a more intriguing sleeper.

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1 month ago

Browns insider Tony Grossi believes WR Nate Burleson's roster spot could be in jeopardy.  The 33-year-old has missed most of camp with a hamstring problem and has yet to play in a preseason game.  Burleson might keep his job just because Cleveland is so desperate at WR, but there's no reason to draft him in fantasy.

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Browns WR Nate Burleson had the cast on his left arm removed on Monday and was back on the field on Tuesday.  He should be a full-go for training camp.  Burleson has a good chance to win 1 of Cleveland's top 3 WR spots, but he's unlikely to emerge as a fantasy asset.  The soon-to-be 33-year-old hasn't reached 12 yards per catch since 2009.

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Browns WR Nate Burleson says reports that he fractured his left arm again this spring are wrong, according to ESPN.com.  Burleson said he needed a plate in the arm repositioned after getting it knocked out of place in an April practice.  He has not returned to the field since but said he has been able to run and lift weights as normal.  At 32, Burleson should be able to get by with less actual on-field prep than younger, less-experienced players.  But it'll be important to get back into a new offense that figures to incorporate a rookie QB at some point this year.  Even if the arm allows him to return before training camp, though, we still don't see any fantasy value in Burleson for the coming season.

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Browns WR Nate Burleson suffered a broken left arm in a recent OTA session, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  It's the same arm Burleson broke in a car accident last year.  He was sidelined 8 weeks then.  That timeline would have him back on the field by June.  Mortensen confirms that Burleson is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.  He might need to play a significant role for the Browns if WR Josh Gordon's 1-year suspension sticks.

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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.

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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.

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10 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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10 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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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