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Nate Burleson injury: Lions WR breaks leg, will miss rest of season

The Detroit Lions will be without Nate Burleson for the rest of 2012 after he broke his leg on Monday night.


As if Monday night wasn't bad enough for the Detroit Lions, the bad news kept getting piled on after their 13-7 loss to the Chicago Bears. Specifically, the bad news is that Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson is out for the rest of the season after breaking his leg.

Burleson left Monday's game with what looked to be a right knee injury, and he had to be carted off to the locker room. After the game, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz announced that Burleson is done for the season with a broken leg.

This is a big loss for a Lions offense that is already struggling to put points on the board. Burleson has been a pretty reliable No. 2 wide receiver, and he is one of the biggest leaders on this team. Losing him to a season-ending injury is tough to swallow after another disheartening loss.

The Lions will try to replace Burleson with Titus Young and Ryan Broyles, who recorded his first career touchdown on Monday night. They will also likely look to bring in a free agent or activate someone from the practice squad to take Burleson's spot on the roster.

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