With the Detroit Lions signing wide receiver Brian Robiskie on Wednesday, they also officially placed wide receiver Nate Burleson on injured reserve. Burleson's season is done after he suffered a broken leg during Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears. He will need surgery to repair his broken leg, and it's expected that Burleson will miss up to eight months as he recovers from it.
Burleson had this to say on Twitter the day after the injury happened:
Thanks for the luv and support this season thus far! I'll keep leading my men and y'all keep cheering us on. I'll be back!#LIONBLOOD— Nathaniel E Burleson (@Nate13Burleson) October 23, 2012
Thanks for the texts, phone calls, emails and tweets. Your kind words are refreshing and means more to me than you'll ever know! #LIONBLOOD— Nathaniel E Burleson (@Nate13Burleson) October 23, 2012
On Wednesday, Jim Schwartz indicated that multiple players will be used to fill Burleson's role in the Lions' offense. Specifically, Titus Young, Ryan Broyles and Tony Scheffler will be counted on to step in for Burleson. The Lions also now have Robiskie, of course, but he's on the team mainly for depth and probably won't see a ton of playing time unless somebody else goes down with an injury.