Nate Burleson will be missed, no question.
The versatile veteran wide receiver lines up in the slot and on the outside. He leads the Lions with 19 receptions through three games.
He had his best game since 2007 on Sunday with six catches and 116 yards.
After his surgery on his broken arm on Wednesday, the Lions will have a better idea of how long he will be out. Coach Jim Schwartz certainly didn’t make it sound like he is done for the season.
Look for these guys to be more involved:
1. Naturally, Ryan Broyles will see more time in the slot after playing Sunday for the first time since he tore his ACL in November. He was targeted three times on Sunday and caught all three. He plays in the slot, not on the outside.
2. If Pat Edwards is healthy — he was out last week with an injured ankle — he can make up some of Burleson’s time on the outside. Edwards is speedy.
3. Tight end Joe Fauria, who is 6-foot-7, had just one catch on Sunday, but it was for a touchdown. Fauria was a receiver at UCLA, he has good hands and is working on his blocking skills. He could easily get more involved in the offense. He has four catches in three games — two of them for touchdowns.
4. Kris Durham and Matthew Stafford played together at Georgia. Durham, who is 6-foot-6, provides another tall target. He had just one catch on Sunday, but it was for 33 yards.
5. Tight end Tony Scheffler could easily be more involved in the offense. He had his first two receptions of the season at Washington. He was targeted twice and caught both.