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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Burleson injury news great for Lions fans

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 06:49 AM PDT

Detroit Lions fans concerned their offense lacks the spark needed to succeed in the NFC North next season will be pleased to hear injured wide receiver Nate Burleson is way ahead of his scheduled recovery time.

Burleson broke his leg in late October during Detroit's 13-7 defeat to the Chicago Bears and was immediately ruled out for the rest of the 2012 season. The Lions arguably suffered from his absence, winning just two games after that Chicago game, but now fans can look forward to his return.

"The great news is I'm healed up," Burleson told NFL AM. "I just got news from my doctors that the bone is good. I'm running and jumping three months ahead of schedule."

Indeed, to be three months ahead of the recovery date is great news for both Burleson and Lions fans who bet on NFL, for there is a real chance of healthy competition growing within the team over pre-season training.

Burleson will tussle with veteran receiver Calvin Johnson once more this year and there may even be a surprise draft pick hidden up Detroit's sleeve come the 2013 Draft this week.

If the Lions can bring in a young WR to learn off Burleson then the 31-year-old's job of keeping his place will be tough but nonetheless rewarding.

Detroit needs competition in offensive positions as 2012 demonstrated and the departure of Titus Young certainly hasn't helped things. Despite making the 2011 playoffs the team crumpled to a 4-12 season last term, finishing bottom of the division, and head coach Jim Schwartz needs to get this pack going again if they are to defy the NFL betting odds that are tipping them for another year of struggle.

Hopefully Ryan Boyles can return from injury as good as ever and if Schwartz can add another WR before August Detroit should possess a dangerous forward threat.

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013 04:55 AM PDT

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013 04:48 AM PDT

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013 04:45 AM PDT

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013 04:41 AM PDT

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013 01:48 AM PDT

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Arsenal prepare £10m for Southampton star

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 01:03 AM PDT

Arsenal will launch a £10 million bid for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin this summer. The Sun reports that Arsene Wenger has been keeping a close eye on his compatriot since the player joined Saints for £1.2million from Strasbourg in 2008. The 23-year-old signed a new contract at St Mary’s in February. Wenger reportedly sees Schneiderlin [...]

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013 12:45 AM PDT

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013 12:36 AM PDT

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013 12:28 AM PDT

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