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Aside from that, Nate, how was the pizza?

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Two days after a victory that for this franchise was downright historic, the Detroit Lions are facing another dose of adversity.

Receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm in a single-car accident early Tuesday after he reached over to keep two pizza boxes from falling off the front passenger seat, authorities said. Coach Jim Schwartz stopped short of writing off the rest of Burleson's season, but surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.

"It's not an emergency surgery," Schwartz said. "Nate'll be back at some point, and when he will, he will be a big contributor again to our team."

Burleson's car hit a centre median wall on a highway in suburban Detroit and he was taken to a hospital. Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said there were no indicators of alcohol on the scene or on Burleson's person after the crash at 2:25 a.m.

The team didn't say which arm was broken.

Burleson has a team-high 19 catches -- 10 for first downs -- and his 239 yards receiving is second to Calvin Johnson on the Lions.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 25, 2013 D6

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