Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson isn't just going to miss the rest of the regular season after breaking his leg on Monday night. It turns out the injury is severe enough that it could keep him out for a good part of the offseason as well. Dave Birkett reports that Burleson will need to have surgery to repair his leg, and he also reports that the recovery time could be up to eight months.
Based on that timetable, Burleson should be ready to go for training camp next year if everything goes according to plan. It's possible he could be back for OTAs if his recovery goes especially well, but if it does keep him out the full eight months, he'd probably miss all of the OTAs and possibly the June minicamp as well.
It's worth pointing out that Burleson has two years left on his contract after 2012. His cap hits are quite large, and there was talk even before this season that he could be a cap casualty. How this injury will play into the Lions' future plans for Burleson remains to be seen, but it will certainly be something to keep an eye on.
In any case, I have no doubt that Burleson will work hard to get back to full health. He said last summer that he wants to finish out his contract and retire a Lion, and I doubt he would want to go out like this.