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Nate Burleson breaks arm in car accident

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Two days after Detroit’s first road win in D.C. since 1939, the Lions are facing another dose of adversity.

Receiver Nate Burleson, an O’Dea High product and former Seahawk, 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 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.

Dallas DE Spencer out for season

IRVING, Texas — Dallas 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.

The 29-year-old Spencer 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.


Colin Kaepernick is under social-media fire, apparently to his motivational delight, after enduring back-to-back losses for the first time as the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback.

Kaepernick has “favorited” bitter tweets condemning his struggles after blowout losses to the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts.

“It’s something that I do for me. It helps me,” the quarterback said as he prepared for the 49ers’ game Thursday night at St. Louis.

• The Oakland Raiders 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 after a hard hit to the helmet by Wesley Woodyard. He was replaced by Matt Flynn.

• Arizona signed well-traveled linebacker Vic So’oto to shore up a position severely depleted by injury. Alex Okafor (biceps) joined Sam Acho (broken leg) and Lorenzo Alexander (foot injury) with season-ending injuries.

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