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Nate Burleson planning to get fined in first game against Lions

Nate-Burleson-LionsNate Burleson spent the last four seasons with the Detroit Lions, and the 32-year-old veteran thought he was going to remain there through 2014 and beyond. He had been a reliable target for Matthew Stafford when healthy, but thanks in large part to an injury involving a pizza box he only played in 15 games from 2012-2013. Now, he is greatly anticipating his return to Detroit.

Burleson and the Cleveland Browns travel to Ford Field to take on the Lions in the first preseason game of the year on Aug. 9. Burleson isn’t yet sure what he’s going to do, but he’s confident it will cost him.

“Man, I’m wracking my brain figuring out what celebration I’m going to do — because I’m going to get a fine,” Burleson recently told MLive.com’s Kyle Meinke. “I’m going to get a fine, period. I’m going to go to my coach and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to get a fine. I’m going to do something crazy.’

“It’s going to be a little bit of an appreciation celebration to the fans and the city of Detroit. But it’s also going to be a poke in the back, saying, ‘You should have kept me because I’m still balling.'”

Burleson said there are no hard feelings between him and the Lions, adding that he understands the team letting him go because of his inability to stay healthy. He was also very complimentary of Golden Tate, who was basically signed by Detroit to be his replacement.

“I plan to get off that game,” Burleson said of his team’s preseason matchup in Detroit. “It might be the best game of the year for me. Guarantee it. I’m going crazy that game. Probably like 200 yards. Fantasy points through the roof, man.”

Not many people play preseason fantasy football, Nate. And how do the Browns feel about Burleson vowing to have his best game of the season on Aug. 9? I’m sure that’s not what they had in mind when they brought him on board. That said, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Nate Burleson said even the homeless are heckling him about Lions

Nate-Burleson-LionsThe Detroit Lions are doing it again. If Aaron Rodgers was not sidelined with an injury, Detroit would probably not be clinging to first place in the NFC North division. The Lions have lost three of their last four games, including a 34-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. As usual, their fans are starting to get restless.

According to wide receiver Nate Burleson, even the homeless are becoming disgusted with the Lions.

The Lions could catch a break if the Chicago Bears lose to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, which would give Detroit sole possession of first place in the division. Still, they have not been impressive. I’d venture to say that they have looked better than the “same old Lions,” but anything less than a playoff appearance would be a letdown given some of the injuries across the NFC North.

H/T Tom Pelissero

Week 13 fantasy pickups include Benny Cunningham, Nate Burleson, Montee Ball

nate-burlesonFor most of you, Week 13 is the final week of the regular season in fantasy football. That means if you are on the playoff bubble and need to win this week, this is the most crucial week of the season. Bench the wrong guy and it could very well be “see ya next year.” Leave the wrong guy on waivers and you might be kicking yourself until next August. Hopefully, we can help. Here are your Week 13 fantasy pickups.

Benny Cunningham, RB, Rams: Zac Stacy left Sunday’s win over the Bears with a concussion. Prior to his departure, he was completely shredding Chicago’s porous run defense. Cunningham took over after Stacy went out and did the same, racking up 109 yards and scoring a touchdown on 13 carries. Against the Niners this week, it will not be that simple. Still, Stacy owners have no choice. If you’re in the playoff hunt, Stacy has probably helped get you there. With his status still up in the air, Cunningham needs to be added.

Nate Burleson, WR, Lions: Burleson was out a bit longer than expected while recovering from a broken arm, but the extra rest appears to have served him well. With Calvin Johnson facing the usual double-teams against the Bucs, Burleson worked the middle of the field and racked up seven catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Burleson is a particularly solid add in PPR leagues, as he has caught at least six passes in every game he has played this year. Matthew Stafford trusts Burleson, and he should continue to benefit from Megatron getting all of the attention.

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Nate Burleson on his recovery: ‘I’m not going to pull an RG3′

nate-burlesonDetroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time in over a month. Burleson has been rehabbing after breaking his arm in a pizza-related car accident, and he insists he is not going rush to come back before he is fully healed. In other words, he’s not going to pull a Robert Griffin III.

Hey, those were Burleson’s words — not mine.

“I’m not going to sit here and pull an RG3 and talk over what is common sense and that’s listen to my coaches and listen to the doctors,” Burleson said Tuesday, via the Detroit Free Press. “I want to play and that’s just me being a competitor. That doesn’t mean that my arm is ready to be out there for 60 minutes. I’m going to talk with the coaches, talk with the trainers and talk with the doctors and figure out if this week, next week or the week after is best for me.”

Over the summer, RG3 made it known publicly that he was irritated with Mike Shanahan’s decision to hold him out of all preseason games. Griffin said he felt fine, so he thought it made no sense to continue keeping him out of practices and exhibition games. That created a bit of tension between the second-year star and his coaching staff, which is what Burleson was referring to on Tuesday.

Burleson later admitted that he will probably be anxious to play on Sunday even if doctors rule him out.

“I probably will get in coach’s ear a little bit,” he said. “But I’ve been in it 11 years and I know that being smart and listening to the doctors versus having a competitive stupidity behind you is the route to go. So I’m going to be smart and listen to everybody else around me.”

In other words, he’ll pester his coach privately about wanting to play but won’t do it publicly. Although, isn’t telling us publicly that he is going to pester his coach privately the same thing as pestering his coach publicly? I’m confused…

Nate Burleson given year’s supply of free pizza

nate-burlesonDetroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson has been out since Week 4 with a broken arm. Burleson suffered the injury during a frightening car accident. It was later revealed that the 32-year-old crashed his car when he was trying to save a box of pizza from falling off the passenger seat, which is a unique story that even Nate has made fun of himself over.

If Burleson likes DiGiorno pizza, he must be glad he shared his embarrassing tale. On Sunday, Burleson revealed that DiGiorno sent him a free year’s supply of coupons for frozen pizzas.

“Hello Nate, We hope you are feeling better after your recent car accident and are on the road to recovery,” the letter read, via ESPN.com. “DiGiorno Pizza understands the challenges that come with carry out and delivery pizza so we’re sending you a gift along with a year supply of DiGorno pizza so you can skip carry out.”

A year’s supply of pizza is a small price to pay for the advertising DiGiorno is getting. Someone in their PR department deserves a gold star.

Nate Burleson car accident pictures show his totaled car, infamous pizza box

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Almost everyone has had a little fun at the expense of Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson over the past week. Burleson was involved in an unfortunate car accident last week during which he suffered a broken arm. It was later revealed that he crashed his SUV when he was trying to save a box of pizza from falling off his passenger seat, which is the part of the story that people can’t help but chuckle at.

On Tuesday, Burleson posted a few photos on Instagram that show he is lucky to be alive. Despite the severity of the accident, he still took the opportunity to poke fun at himself.

“I’m releasing these pix for 2 reasons: 1) I walked away from a totalled vehicle #Blessed 2) I have to hear all the pizza jokes…lol I’ll start-Yes I am the 5th Ninja Turtle. #LovePizza #LetTheJokesBegin.”

The pizza jokes are pretty funny, but the condition of Burleson’s car isn’t. While it’s unfortunate that he has to miss time with the arm injury, the photos are a reminder that Burleson should consider himself a very lucky man.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Nate Burleson reportedly broke arm in car accident, Ryan Broyles a fantasy pickup

nate-burlesonDetroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm in a car accident early Tuesday morning. As first reported by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Burleson broke his arm in two places and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday.

Birkett also added that he was told no alcohol was involved with the crash. Burleson was returning home after watching Monday Night Football with some friends. The accident only involved the car he was in, and fortunately the only injury he suffered was the broken arm.

According to CBS Detroit, police said Burleson was trying to catch a box of pizza from falling off his passenger seat when he hit the median wall. The air bags deployed in his 2009 GMC Yukon and he was at fault for the accident, but no ticket was issued.

From a football standpoint, this is a major blow for the Lions. The 32-year-old veteran was off to a tremendous start this season, leading the team with 19 receptions in three games. Second-year receiver Ryan Broyles appeared in his first game of the season against the Washington Redskins on Sunday and caught three passes for 34 yards. He will be thrust into a much larger role going forward with Burleson out.

While we wish Burleson a speedy recovery and are glad he avoided any serious injury other than to his arm, we did want to point out to our readers that Broyles has become a must-add now in all fantasy formats. The Lions love throwing the ball, and he’s the best bet to see a significant increase in targets.