The Detroit Lions placed Nate Burleson on injured reserve today when the team signed free agent Brian Robiskie to take his place.
Robiskie won what was a three-man tryout for the job as he competed against Deon Butler and Legedu Naanee in a workout. Robiskie, the 36th overall pick of the 2009 draft, lasted only 2 ½ season with the Cleveland Browns before landing in Jacksonville. The Jaguars cut him loose in September.
The Lions will likely look to a pair of their own second-round picks to fill the job. Ryan Broyles, a rookie, and Titus Young, selected in 2011, will get the first shot at replacing the popular Burleson, who could be out as long as eight months as he recovers from surgery on his broken leg.
One thing this doesn’t solve is the problem the Lions are having getting Calvin Johnson in the end zone. He has just one touchdown reception through the first six games.
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