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Nate Burleson | WR
Posted: 8/30/2014 12:02pm et
The Cleveland Browns cut WR Nate Burleson Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: Burleson is 33 and battling injuries. The fact that he couldn't make the Browns - one of the most WR-needy teams in the NFL - doesn't bode well for his future.

Posted: 8/29/2014 12:46am et
Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) played in the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: The 12-year vet finished with 1 catch for 27 yards on 2 targets Thursday night, but there remains a question as to whether he'll make the final roster -- even on one of the shallowest WR corps in the league -- as hammy and hand injuries have wiped out most of his preseason and also caused him to miss OTAs and mini camp.

Posted: 8/26/2014 11:55pm et
Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) took part in team drills Tuesday, Aug. 26, and could play in the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: The free-agent signee has been MIA so far this preseason and desperately needs to get in sync with his new offensive teammates.

Posted: 8/15/2014 3:54pm et
Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) may not play in the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: That would mean a second missed preseason game for the former Lion, who is falling behind fellow FA acquisitions Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins in solidifying positions in the team's WR corps.

Posted: 6/4/2014 12:39am et
Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson said he did not fracture his arm during an April minicamp and it was just a minor injury. He said the severity of the injury was exaggerated. Because there was no fracture, Burleson was able to run and lift weights with the cast on, and will have it removed later this week.
Huddle Up: Burleson, who's missed a combined 17 games over the past 2 seasons, is being counted on to be healthy and productive with a possible lengthy suspension looming for No. 1 wideout Josh Gordon.

Posted: 5/1/2014 11:39pm et
Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Thursday, May 1.
Huddle Up: Burleson, who's played in only 15 games the past 2 seasons, is looking for a reversal of his health fortunes in 2014 as he switches teams. His chances to make an impact also hinge on the Browns' draft plans as wideout Sammy Watkins is said to be in play for the team's No. 4 overall selection.

Posted: 4/6/2014 10:02pm et
The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with free-agent WR Nate Burleson (Lions) on a 1-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The Browns continue adding complements to No. 1 wideout Josh Gordon, first signing slot man Andrew Hawkins and now Burleson, who has missed 17 combined games over the past 2 seasons due to injury.

Posted: 4/3/2014 11:38pm et
The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to meet with free-agent WR Nate Burleson (Lions) on Saturday, April 5.
Huddle Up: The Browns are intent on finding a complement to WR1 Josh Gordon, and Burleson could be a fit provided he can avoid the health issues that caused him to miss 17 combined games and limited him to 66 total receptions over the past 2 seasons.

Posted: 4/3/2014 3:58pm et
The Miami Dolphins are visiting with free-agent WR Nate Burleson (Lions) on Thursday, April 3.
Huddle Up: The Fish are looking for WR depth, and Burleson would be a good fit if he can stay healthy after missing a combined 17 games over the past 2 seasons.

Posted: 2/15/2014 8:47pm et
Free-agent WR Nate Burleson (Lions) said the Detroit Lions told him they would be interested in re-signing him during training camp at the veteran's minimum. Burleson said he does not want to wait that long and expects to sign with a team sooner.
Huddle Up: Burleson is likely to command more than the veteran minimum, leaving Detroit with a continued void opposite Calvin Johnson.

Posted: 2/13/2014 8:58pm et
The Detroit Lions on Thursday, Feb. 13 released WR Nate Burleson.
Huddle Up: The Lions have given Burleson every chance to be the Robin to Calvin Johnson's Batman, but he's missed a total of 17 games the last 2 seasons due to a broken leg and forearm, respectively. The Detroit Free Press says the Cowboys and Bucs could be possible landing places for the wideout.

Posted: 11/28/2013 6:05pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson was only targeted once and finished without a catch Thursday, Nov. 28 in a 40-10 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Matthew Stafford completed passes to 9 different receivers but, shockingly, Burleson -- one of the hottest WR pickups on the waiver wire over the last 2 weeks -- wasn't one of them. He was targeted 10 times and finished with 7 catches for 77 yards and a TD last week in his return from a 2-month broken-wrist absence, but delivered an ugly 0 to his fantasy owners hoping for some similar holiday production.

Posted: 11/22/2013 7:45pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) is likely to see most of the snaps out of the slot position in Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, meaning WRs Jeremy Ross and Kris Durham will see less playing time. Burleson practiced in full pads both Thursday, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 22, and is probable for this weekend.
Huddle Up: The Bucs have gotten destroyed by slot receivers the last two weeks. Both Rishard Matthews and Harry Douglas had big games against them working primarily out of the slot, so Burleson could have a strong outing in his first game back. He's a plug in flex play if you need him.

Posted: 11/21/2013 11:51pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) has been cleared for contact and should be able to play Week 12 unless he suffers a setback. Burleson will wear a protective sleeve on his forearm when he returns to the field.
Huddle Up: Burleson is set for his first action since Week 3, and he looks to reclaim his role as the Lions' No. 2 target behind Calvin Johnson. He's definitely worth a look in PPR leagues.

Posted: 11/20/2013 7:29pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Burleson is expected to return to the Lions' lineup this Sunday against Tampa Bay. He has a strong match-up against a Buccaneers' secondary that has been burnt by slot receivers over the last couple of weeks.

Posted: 11/19/2013 5:12pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) thinks he is ready to return in Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 'I feel like I can go out there and be productive,' Burleson said. 'I caught the ball last week very well, ran some routes, had some physical contact. So this week is taking another step.' He still needs to be cleared by doctors, however.
Huddle Up: Burleson has been ramping up his reps in practice over the past few weeks and most likely will get clearance to return this week. The veteran wideout hasn't played since Week 3 but had at least 6 targets and 6 receptions in all 3 games he's played in this season.

Posted: 11/14/2013 12:24pm et
The Detroit Lions don't plan on playing WR Nate Burleson (arm) in the team's Week 11 game, even though he feels like he is fully recovered.
Huddle Up: With Burleson out, Kris Durham will see the bulk of the looks at WR2 and tight end Brandon Pettigrew will fill that role in the offense as well.

Posted: 11/8/2013 1:56pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) said he is not sure if he will be able to play in the team's Week 10 game and will allow the doctors and trainers to determine his status.
Huddle Up: If you're waiting on Burleson, it sounds as if you're going to have to hold on for another week or two.

Posted: 11/6/2013 3:10pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) has returned to practice, but he doesn't sound very optimistic that he'll be back on the field in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears. 'I'm not going to sit here and pull an RG3 and talk over what is common sense and that's listen to my coaches and listen to the doctors,' Burleson said. 'I want to play and that's just me being a competitor. That doesn't mean that my arm is ready to be out there for 60 minutes. I'm going to talk with the coaches, talk with the trainers and talk with the doctors and figure out if this week, next week or the week after is best for me.' Burleson did positional drills and wore a Kevlar brace over his arm in practice Tuesday, Nov. 5. He has most of the grip strength back in his left hand.
Huddle Up: It looks like we are close to getting Burleson back on the field, which means you should grab him if you need help at wide receiver in the coming weeks.

Posted: 11/5/2013 8:30pm et
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) returned to practice Tuesday, Nov. 5, but it's not a guarantee that he'll return to play in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears. 'I'd caution reading too much (into) him being out there and being back,' head coach Jim Schwartz said. 'But he is progressing well and everyone is pleased with his progression. We all know how tough a guy Nate is. If it was up to him, he probably would have missed one game, but there's only so much that you can do with healing bones and stuff.'
Huddle Up: Burleson is definitely progressing, but it sounds like his fantasy owners will have to wait a bit longer. If h's on your waiver wire and you're in dire need of WR help, pick him up now.