"When I get back, I'm still going to try to go after that 1,000 yards," Burleson said, per the Detroit News on Wednesday. "So that means I've got to have enough games to do it, which means I should be back soon."
Burleson said he's ahead of schedule and will have the hard cast on his left arm taken off Thursday and swapped for a removable splint. He also told the News that he stopped taking painkillers, has been running and has full strength in everything but the arm he broke in two places.
As a Lion, he has just three games (including Week 3 of this season) with more than 95 yards receiving. In the one season he breached the 1,000-yard mark (2004 in Minnesota), he had just four 100-yard games.
There is no question that Burleson plays an important role in the Lions' offense as a receiver who can make catches in traffic and take advantage of one-on-one matchups. However, the key to the Lions' offense, as we saw in last week's win over the Chicago Bears, is a balanced running game with Reggie Bush and Matthew Stafford spreading the ball around.