Pizza leads to broken arm for Detroit Lions receiver

NFL defenses won't have to worry about guarding Nate Burleson of the Detroit Lions for a while, all because of a pizza.

The Detroit Free Press says Burleson broke his arm in a car crash while "distracted by pizza falling off his front seat."  He could miss the entire season. 

The crash happened at about 1:25 p.m. CT on a freeway in Farmington Hills, Mich.  According to police, alcohol was not involved.

Detroit plays Chicago on Sunday and Green Bay on Oct. 6.

  • Sep 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) runs with ball as Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather (31) defends during the first half at FedEX Field. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) is taken down by Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) in the first quarter during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end John Abraham (55) tackles Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) for a loss during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Ford Field. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the New York Jets at Ford Field. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

  • Jul 27, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) signs autographs after training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

  • Jul 27, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) signs autographs after training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

  • Jul 27, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) runs past cornerback Darius Slay (30) during training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

  • June 11, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) during mini camp at Lions training facility. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

  • October 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13), center celebrates his 17-yard touchdown catch with running back Joique Bell (35) and quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Lions defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. USA TODAY Sports

  • Oct 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Lions defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) leaps over Minnesota Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson (21) during the second quarter at Ford Field. USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 23, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) catches a touchdown pass against Tennessee Titans corner back Ryan Mouton (29) during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Lions 44-41 in overtime. USA TODAY Sports

  • September 16, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) tosses the ball to wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) celebrates a first down in the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field. USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) is tackled by St. Louis Rams strong safety Craig Dahl (43) in the third quarter at Ford Field. USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) makes a catch while being defend by St. Louis Rams defensive back Cortland Finnegan (31) in the third quarter at Ford Field. USA TODAY Sports

  • August 25, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) looks to elude Oakland Raiders defensive back Matt Giordano (27) after making a catch in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. USA TODAY Sports

  • August 25, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) is tackled by Oakland Raiders defensive back Tyvon Branch (33) during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. USA TODAY Sports

  • July 27, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) jokes around with the media after training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. USA TODAY Sports

  • May 29, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) during organized team activities at Lions training facility. USA TODAY Sports