Nate Burleson Injury: Updates on Browns WR's Broken Arm and Recovery

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2014

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Nate Burleson makes a catch  during a voluntary minicamp workout at the team's NFL football training facility in Berea, Ohio, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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Updates from Tuesday, June 3's Mary Kay Cabot has the latest on Burleson's status:

Burleson had the metal plate in his forearm repaired last month after it "got banged up at practice.'' He's been wearing a cast but hopes to have it off by next week.

"It's kind of rebuilt like Robocop,'' he said. "Sometimes you've got to go in and fix it a little bit. It was minor, though. I've had much worse. The good news is the plan is to play 16-plus games. It's going to happen.''

"It was reported a lot worse than it is and looks a lot worse than it is,'' he said. "As you can see I'm running around and lifting weights. Just kind of got to overprotect it. I give credit to the training staff, they won't let me do anything. I'm kind of hard-headed sometimes, I want to do more, but they're holding me back, which is good. They've got my best interests at heart.

But Burleson will be full-go for training camp, which begins around July 26th.

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Good things never seem to last for the Cleveland Browns. 

Merely one day after an excitement not seen in years was infused into the franchise because of a strong Day 1 of the 2014 NFL draft, the wide receiving corps took a serious hit. Pro Football Talk and Chris Mortensen of ESPN filled fans in on an injury update regarding Nate Burleson:

This comes on the heels of the earlier news Friday that star wide receiver Josh Gordon may have to sit out an entire year, per SportsCenter:

Burleson played in nine games for the Detroit Lions during the 2013 season and tallied 461 receiving yards and one touchdown. He missed significant time with a broken arm last year, so this is certainly not welcome news for the Browns.    

Considering that the recent injury revelation came during the NFL draft, look for the Browns to at least entertain the notion of selecting another wide receiver in the later rounds. Burleson would ideally be back before the season begins, but his recent injury history is troublesome.

Stay tuned for updates as they develop.