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Nate Burleson healthy for Detroit Lions, ready to play

Life is good when you're a wide receiver lining up opposite Calvin Johnson.

The Detroit Lions see Ryan Broyles as the long-term option in that spot, though Broyles' recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament might put that plan on hold temporarily.

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That clears a path for Nate Burleson. The 11-year veteran has his own injury issues -- he missed the last nine games last season with a broken leg -- but he was a full go at Lions minicamp this offseason.

"It's important to have him out there for our offense for a lot of reasons," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, according to the team's official website. "No. 1, he's a good player, he brings something to the equation that goes beyond what his playing ability is.

"He still probably isn't 100 percent, but a lot of guys aren't 100 percent right now, but he's able to do what he can out there and it's a good time of year."

Burleson is an important piece of this roster. Megatron is an obvious matchup apocalypse, but the Lions lack depth at receiver. A veteran who can contribute at three different spots, Burleson brings a stabilizing presence to the group.

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