Lions WR Nate Burleson breaks arm in car accident

Tuesday September 24th, 2013

Nate Burleson reportedly broke his arm in a car accident. (Getty Images) Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson has 19 catches for 239 yards this season, including 116 on Sunday. (Getty Images)

Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm in two places in an early morning car accident, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press via Twitter. Birkett reported Burleson will undergo surgery.

CBS Detroit reports Michigan State Police confirmed Burleson was in a car crash at 2:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said the incident happened on westbound I-696 near Drake in Farmington Hills. Burleson reportedly was “trying to catch an object that was falling off his seat.” He reached down to pick it up and hit the median wall, Lt. MIchael Shaw said.

The Lions confirmed Burleson was in an accident and that no alcohol was involved.

“We will provide appropriate updates when more information on Burleson’s condition becomes available,” the statement reads, via the Free Press.

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Burleson was at fault in the one-car accident but no ticket was issued.

Alcohol was not involved, Shaw said, adding that Burleson declined medical treatment, though he did suffer a “minor injury.”

Burleson, who suffered a broken leg last season, was off to a good start for the Lions in 2013 campaign with 19 receptions for 239 yards. He caught six passes for a team-high 116 yards against the Redskins on Sunday.

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