Detroit Lions 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.
Burleson’s car hit a center 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.
Coach Jim Schwartz stopped short of writing off the rest of Burleson’s season, but surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.
The team didn’t say which arm was broken.
RAIDERS: Oakland will begin a short week of preparation with uncertainty about who will start at quarterback as Terrelle Pryor recovers from a concussion.
Pryor was knocked out of Monday night’s 37-21 loss at Denver in the fourth quarter after a hard hit to the helmet by Wesley Woodyard and was replaced byB.
Pryor will not be able to practice until he goes through the league-mandated concussion protocol. That means the Raiders (1-2) will have to prepare for Sunday’s game against Washington (0-3) with the possibility that either Pryor or Flynn could start.
Coach Dennis Allen said he will have a better idea on Wednesday about Pryor’s status but that no final determination will be made until later this week.
STEELERS: Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell could make his long-awaited debut with Pittsburgh this weekend when the team faces Minnesota in London.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday the team is ‘’optimistic’’ Bell will be available. The second-round draft pick hasn’t played since spraining his right foot in a preseason game against Washington on Aug. 19.
Bell has been cleared to participate in practice this week.
PANTHERS: Coach Ron Rivera says he isn’t sure if three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason will return to the starting lineup Oct. 6 when Carolina visits the Arizona Cardinals.
Carolina (1-2) has a bye this week.
Rivera quietly changed up the starting lineup on Sunday, replacing Beason – who’s struggling to get back healthy following knee surgery last October – with veteran Chase Blackburn at weak side linebacker.
The move worked out well as the Panthers sacked Eli Manning seven times and forced three turnovers in a 38-0 rout of the New York Giants.
Beason only played one snap on defense.
While it’s hard to imagine Rivera making a change following a shutout, he left his options open saying “we’ll have to wait and see” who’ll start against Arizona.
COWBOYS: Defensive end Anthony Spencer might need microfracture surgery on his left knee and could miss the rest of the season.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones raised those possibilities on his radio show Tuesday, calling Spencer’s situation “a real setback.”
Spencer, who has the franchise tag for the second straight year and is on a one-year, $10.6 million deal, originally injured the knee in offseason workouts. It was aggravated during a conditioning test the day before training camp.
The 29-year-old Spencer had arthroscopic surgery on July 25 and missed the preseason and the opener against the Giants. He returned and played more than half the game in Week 2 against Kansas City before he was sidelined again.