Last year, the Detroit Lions got unlucky en route to a 4-12 disappointment of a season. There was hope, and expectation, for the Lions to see their luck regress to the mean. More bounces going their way. More wins in close games. Maybe some injury luck too. Well, that last one doesn't seem like it is going to happen this season. Defensive end Jason Jones has already been lost for the season due to a knee injury, leaving the Lions shorthanded at both defensive end and defensive tackle. Now, they have lost receiver Nate Burleson for an extended period of time due to an arm injury.
You may not recall hearing about a Burleson injury during Sunday's win over Washington, when Jones was hurt, because it didn't happen there. It didn't happen on a football field at all. Instead, Burleson got in a one car accident and broke his forearm. The Lions do not expect Burleson to miss the rest of the season, and they can't put him on short-term injured reserve, but don't expect to see Burleson any time soon.
The Lions already didn't have much depth at wide receiver behind Calvin Johnson, and Burleson was their second best receiver. Detroit just got Ryan Broyles back, and now they have lost Burleson. This is a team that likes to throw the ball too. Losing Burleson hurts. It isn't going to completely ruin things. The Lions have a couple tight ends they can throw the ball to, not even considering Brandon Pettigrew. Reggie Bush and Joique Bell catch the ball well. Of course, Bush needs to be healthy, which is another issue, but the Burleson issue won't set the offense back too far, and he will return eventually.
Detroit is 2-1 right now, but the injuries to key veterans are starting to put a damper on this team's expectations.