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Lions’ Burleson Says He Won’t ‘Pull an RGIII’ and Rush Back Too Soon

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Nate Burleson #13 of the Detroit Lions is tackled by David Amerson #39 of the Washington Redskins after catching a pass from Matthew Stafford #9 (not pictured) in the first quarter during a game at FedExField on September 22, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Nate Burleson #13 of the Detroit Lions is tackled by David Amerson #39 of the Washington Redskins after catching a pass from Matthew Stafford #9 (not pictured) in the first quarter during a game at FedExField on September 22, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Lions’ wide receiver Nate Burleson, who broke his arm in a car accident after getting distracted by a falling pizza, said he’s not going “pull an RGIII” and rush back too soon against his doctor’s wishes, according to Ashley Dunkak of CBS Detroit.

“I’m not going to sit here and pull an RG3 and talk over what is common sense, and that’s listening to my coaches and listening to the doctors,” Burleson said Tuesday, clearly in reference to RGIII repeatedly returning to the field last season, after first injuring his knee against the Ravens , and then again, in the postseason against the Seahawks.

“I want to play, and that’s just me being a competitor,” Burleson said, returning to practice for the first time since injuring his arm on Sept. 24. “That doesn’t mean that my arm is ready to be out there for 60 minutes.”

“I probably will get in Coach’s ear a little bit, but I’ve been in the league 11 years, and I know that being smart and listening to the doctors versus having a competitive stupidity behind you is the route to go,” Burleson said, “so I’m going to be smart and listen to everybody else around me.”

Burleson’s last game was against the Redskins on Sept. 22. He caught 6 passes for 116 yards in the Lions’ 27-20 victory.

Read the full report here.

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