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NFL notes: Lions' Burleson breaks arm saving pizza

2013-09-24T17:41:00Z 2013-10-19T19:49:35Z NFL notes: Lions' Burleson breaks arm saving pizzaThe Associated Press The Associated Press
September 24, 2013 5:41 pm  • 

Cardinals rookie Alex Okafor is the third Arizona linebacker to be lost for the season this week. Okafor suffered a torn biceps and joined Sam Acho and Lorenzo Alexander, both injured in Sunday’s game, on injured reserve.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Two days after a victory that for this franchise was downright historic, the 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 today.

“Nate’ll be back at some point,” Schwartz said, “and when he will, he will be a big contributor again to our team.”

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.

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. The 11-year veteran had six receptions for 116 yards, his highest total since 2007, on Sunday to help Detroit win at Washington for the first time in franchise history.

Cowboys defensive end Spencer done for season

IRVING, Texas — Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer will have season-ending surgery on his left knee and may have played his last game for the Cowboys.

Spencer’s agent, Jordan Woy, says doctors have a “good idea” what type of surgery but were still considering options. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke earlier on his radio show, saying Spencer was likely to have microfracture surgery.

Spencer, 29, is on a one-year contract with the franchise tag for the second straight season, so he will be a free agent when

he’s healthy again. He’s making $10.6 million this season.

Spencer originally injured the knee in offseason workouts and aggravated it during a conditioning test the day before training camp. He had arthroscopic surgery July 25 and missed the preseason and the opener against the Giants.

Last year’s leading tackler for the Cowboys returned and played more than half the game in Week 2 against Kansas City before he was sidelined again.

“Here’s a case of a guy, you almost have to tie him up to get him off the field,” Jones said on his radio show.

Cardinals lose another LB

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Cardinals’ injury woes at outside linebacker just got worse, with rookie Alex Okafor out for the season with a torn biceps.

Okafor confirmed reports of the injury via Twitter.

Arizona lost its starting outside linebackers Sam Acho (broken leg) and Lorenzo Alexander (foot injury) in Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints. They were placed on season-ending injury reserve on Monday.

Okafor, a fourth-round draft pick out of Texas, said in his tweet that he would be back next year “stronger than ever.”

The team signed linebacker Vic So’oto earlier Tuesday.

The team is practicing in Bradenton, Fla., this week before Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.

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