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Lions WR Nate Burleson breaks arm in car crash

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Dash cam video shows Burleson's 2009 GMC Yukon crashed into the center media of I-696 in Farmington Hills. Dash cam video shows Burleson's 2009 GMC Yukon crashed into the center media of I-696 in Farmington Hills.
Lions WR Nate Burleson Lions WR Nate Burleson
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WJBK) -

The Detroit Lions say wide receiver Nate Burleson suffered a broken arm in a one-car accident that will require surgery.

Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw says Burleson was driving his 2009 GMC Yukon westbound on I-696 in Farmington Hills early Tuesday morning when he became distracted by a pizza box falling off his front seat and struck the center median wall.

Shaw says Burleson was transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Shaw says alcohol was not a factor and that Burleson was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. Burleson was not ticketed but was found at fault and given a warning.

The Lions Jim Schwartz said surgery was scheduled for Wednesday and did not immediately say how much time Burleson might miss. Schwartz said there were no plans to place Burleson on IR.

Burleson has a team-high 19 catches -- 10 for first downs -- and his 239 yards receiving trail only teammate Calvin Johnson this season. The 11-year veteran had six receptions for 116 yards, his highest total since 2007, last Sunday to help Detroit win in Washington for the first time in franchise history.

Detroit (2-1) likely will have to lean on other secondary receivers, such as second-year pro Ryan Broyles, this Sunday at home against the Chicago Bears (3-0) in a matchup of the top two teams in the NFC North. Broyles had three receptions for 34 yards against the Redskins in his first game since he tore a ligament in his right knee last season.

The Lions signed Burleson in 2010 to complement Johnson and when healthy, he has done just that. He had 128 receptions for 1,382 yards and nine touchdowns in his first two seasons in Detroit. Burleson, a charismatic presence on and off the field, is also one of the team's leaders.

He broke his right leg last year at Chicago and missed the last 10 games of the season. Burleson bounced back this year by making six catches in the season-opening victory against Minnesota, one of his former teams, and had seven receptions in a Week 2 loss at Arizona. He has 437 career receptions for 5,408 yards and 38 TDs with the Lions, Seattle Seahawks and Vikings.

Detroit's depth chart at receiver includes Kris Durham, Michael Spurlock and Patrick Edwards, who was inactive with an ankle injury in Sunday's win at Washington.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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