Getting Burleson back for the stretch run might prove huge dividends if the receiver-needy team can stay in contention without him.
Given his late season return, the Lions' leading pass catcher after three weeks won't go on injured reserve. Unfortunately that means he will take up a valuable roster spot while he rehabs the pizza-induced injury.
The Lions already used their IR-designated to return spot. Each team gets one per season so a player injured early in the season has a chance of coming back. An important piece like Burleson is the perfect candidate for the designation.
On the bright side, that means Burleson can return as soon as he's healthy.