Good morning and ROOOAARRR!!!!
He came out draped in an American flag. After he scored a touchdown, he mimicked a pizza delivery service to celebrate.
Yeah, Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson is going to be just fine.
About everything went right for him in his return from a broken forearm Sunday against Tampa Bay except for the Lions' actual performance -- a 24-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Burleson caught seven passes for 77 yards, including that touchdown, the first time he has had back-to-back games of 70 yards or better receiving since the 2011 season. Of course, that's just back-to-back games played since he missed seven games due to injury.
"It was good," Burleson said. "But it's, I guess, bittersweet. Starts off sweet and then ends up sour. Like Sour Patch Kids."
Burleson was playing for the first time with a protective brace over the broken forearm to shoulder it from being re-injured in a hit. He fumbled once, but otherwise dealt with the new apparatus on his arm.
"It's just annoying," Burleson said. "It's like a little kid with a scab. You keep picking at it. Trying to figure out a way to deal with it for 60 minutes but it has to stay on.
"You'll see me continue to pick at it as long as I got to wear it. But it protected me and that's the main goal."
The protection and his health are the biggest things for Burleson right now. He made it through the first week and should be fine dealing with the forearm from here forward.
And now a look at Lions news from around the Interwebs:
Detroit needs to fix its woes quickly, even as five players don't practice Monday. A look at the Tiquan Underwood touchdown along with some numbers behind the Lions' loss. Rookie Report, Upon Further Review and turnovers are becoming a big issue.
Josh Katzenstein from the Detroit News writes that Matthew Stafford won't be elite until he can win consistently.
The Lions miscommunicated on the blocked punt, writes Justin Rogers of MLive.