NFL notebook: Lions WR Burleson breaks arm in 1-car crash
By Wire Reports
Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 9:15 p.m.
Lions receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm in a single-car accident early Tuesday after he reached over to keep two pizza boxes from falling off the front passenger seat, authorities said.
Burleson's car hit a center median wall on a highway in suburban Detroit and he was taken to a hospital. Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said alcohol wasn't a factor in the crash at 2:25 a.m.
Coach Jim Schwartz stopped short of writing off the rest of Burleson's season, but surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.
“It's not an emergency surgery,” Schwartz said. “Nate'll be back at some point, and when he will, he will be a big contributor again to our team.”
The team didn't say which arm was broken.
Burleson has a team-high 19 catches — 10 for first downs — and his 239 yards receiving trail only teammate Calvin Johnson this season. The 11-year veteran had six receptions for 116 yards, his highest total since 2007, on Sunday to help Detroit win at Washington for the first time in franchise history.
Concussion could sideline Pryor
The Raiders will begin a short week of preparation with uncertainty about who will start at quarterback as Terrelle Pryor recovers from a concussion.
Pryor, a Jeannette native, was knocked out of Monday night's 37-21 loss at Denver in the fourth quarter after a hard hit to the helmet by Wesley Woodyard and was replaced by Matt Flynn.
Pryor will not be able to practice until he goes through the league-mandated concussion protocol.
Cowboys' Spencer needs surgery, out for season
Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer will have season-ending surgery on his left knee and may have played his last game for the Cowboys.
Spencer's agent, Jordan Woy, says doctors have a “good idea” what type of surgery but were still considering options. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke on his radio show, saying Spencer was likely to have microfracture surgery.
The 29-year-old Spencer is on a one-year contract with the franchise tag for the second straight season, so he will be a free agent when he's healthy again.
Spencer had arthroscopic surgery July 25 and missed the preseason and the opener against the Giants. He played more than half the game in Week 2 against Kansas City before he was sidelined again.
Rock-paper-scissors for TD?
Broncos coach John Fox said a game of rock-paper-scissors played on the sidelines by Denver's running backs did not determine who would get a goal-line carry in the fourth quarter of Monday night's win against the Raiders. After Ronnie Hillman was stopped at the 1 after a 13-yard gain, the officials checked to see if Hillman had scored. As the officials deliberated, Hillman, Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball played the hand game. Hillman said Moreno threw down a rock one beat too early and was disqualified, and Hillman's scissors trumped Ball's paper.
So on the next play, it was Hillman's touchdown.
“That's just little stuff that people like to get on TV and have something to talk about,” Fox said. “Ronnie Hillman was going back in the game. That was just a little way to have fun, I guess. That wasn't official. Ronnie was running the ball. We decide that, not them.”
More fan violence reported at Candlestick Park
A teenage football fan suffered a concussion and a broken arm and nose at Candlestick Park after police say he was attacked during the 49ers' 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts this weekend.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a 29-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of beating the 15-year-old boy for urinating in the man's car.
Reports of other assaults at the game were also logged with stadium security.
49ers' season ticket holder Daisy Barringer said she was kicked and punched by another 49ers fan.
The 36-year-old said she has seen violence at both home games this year, and during the preseason.
Security was increased at the stadium two years ago after two shootings, a beating and fights broke out during a preseason game with the Raiders.
Report: Saints offer extension to TE Graham
The Saints extended a former contract offer to tight end Jimmy Graham, Pro Football Talk reported. Graham, who has 23 receptions, 358 receiving yards and four touchdowns this season, is in the final year of his rookie contract.
“Pacman” Jones cited
Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was cited early Monday morning by the Ohio State Patrol.
Jones has been accused of making offensive comments while drunk and has been given a disorderly conduct citation.
Ohio State Patrol Lt. Anne Ralston says Jones was arrested just after 2:30 a.m. Monday after the vehicle he was in was pulled over for speeding.
The driver was cited for drunken driving while Jones was cited for disorderly conduct. Both charges are misdemeanors.
Jones and the driver were released and have court hearings set for Friday.
Jones' agent and his attorney haven't returned phone calls seeking comment.
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