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Nate Burleson suffers broken arm in pizza-related crash (updated)

Nate Burleson woks out before the Lions’ game against the Redskins. (Richard Lipski / AP)

Updated with more pizza information

Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson suffered a broken arm in an early-morning auto accident in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Burleson, who leads the team in receptions, will have surgery to repair his arm, which was broken in two places, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the single-car crash, which occurred at 2:25 a.m. EDT.

Burleson was driving home after watching the “Monday Night Football” game with teammates. The accident on I-696, occurred when Burleson attempted to “catch an object that was falling off his seat,” Lt. Michael Shaw told CBS Detroit, and hit the median wall.

The “object?” Pizza.

“It was actually a whole pizza,” Shaw told ESPN. “He had purchased two whole pizzas, and one was sitting on top of the other one, and I guess when he was driving one of them was slipping off, and he was reaching over to push it back onto the seat and overcorrected and hit the median wall.”

Burleson had his best game with the Lions on Sunday, catching six passes for 116 yards in a 27-20 victory over  Washington.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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