ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Nate Burleson crashed his car adjusting a pizza box six weeks ago, breaking both bones in his forearm but otherwise walking away from the incident.
Six weeks later, the Detroit Lions wide receiver returned to practice for the first time Tuesday following the team’s bye week.
That, however, doesn’t mean he will play Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
“I’d caution reading too much [into] him being out there and being back,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “But he is progressing well and everyone is pleased with his progression. We all know how tough a guy Nate is. If it was up to him, he probably would have missed one game, but there’s only so much that you can do with healing bones and stuff.
“The big thing with Nate is when we do get him back, we’re going to get him back, but we want to make sure he’s back for good. To do that, we have to avoid setbacks and stuff like that. But he’s doing well.”
Schwartz said it is too early to make a determination of whether or not Burleson will play Sunday, but how he is able to handle contact will play a role in his status against the Bears.
Before his injury, Burleson caught 19 passes for 239 yards.
- Previously covered University of Michigan for ESPN.com and AnnArbor.com
- Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette