While many are wondering when the Detroit Lions will get Nate Burleson back for game action, the team has been content to take it slow. Burleson indicated today that he might have already returned to action if things weren’t going as well as they are:
“If the season was different and there was a sense of urgency of guys needing to be out there and be playmakers, then I’d take a pain pill and say, ‘Let’s do it,'” he said. “That’s just my personality. So with the way that the team is playing, there’s an ease in my spirit that I don’t have to rush as of right now.”
The good news is, there hasn’t been any need to rush Burleson, yet he is getting closer to a return. He practiced some last week but wasn’t cleared to run routes against defenders until today. The Lions released their first injury report of the week today and Burleson is listed as a limited participant.
Corey Hilliard (knee) also returned to practice on a limited basis.
Ziggy Ansah (ankle), Bill Bentley (knee), Louis Delmas (knee), Calvin Johnson (knee) and Montell Owens (knee) all missed today’s practice.
Delmas and Johnson have been given frequent days off during the season while Ansah and Bentley both missed last week’s game. Montell Owens aggrevated the same knee that landed him on short-term IR just before the season, although he is considered day-to-day at this point.