Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson is expected to play this weekend for the first time since fracturing his left forearm in a car accident back in September.
Burleson, who has missed Detroit's last seven games while recovering from surgery to repair the break, is listed as probable for Sunday's matchup at Tampa Bay. The veteran wideout put in a full practice for the second consecutive day on Friday.
The 32-year-old had amassed 19 catches for 239 yards in three games prior to the injury, which occurred when he struck the median on Interstate 696 after being distracted when a slice of pizza fell off his passenger seat on Sept. 24.
Burleson is one of three starters the Lions expect to have back for Sunday's clash with the Buccaneers, as defensive end Ezekial Ansah (ankle) and cornerback Bill Bentley (knee) have also been declared probable. Both players have missed the team's past two outings after getting hurt in Detroit's 31-30 win over Dallas in Week 8.
Running back Joique Bell and safety Glover Quin are each questionable for Sunday's tilt after each was forced to leave last week's game at Pittsburgh. Bell, Detroit's second-leading rusher, strained his Achilles tendon during the fourth quarter and Quin hurt his ankle late in the contest.
Bell was a full participant in Friday's practice, while Quin was limited for a second straight day.