Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/3/14

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 12: Nate Burleson of the Detroit Lions is slowed by Zack Bowman of the Chicago Bears during the NFL season opening game at Soldier Field on September 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 19-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. Nate Burleson's broken leg was supposed to open the door for recent draft picks Titus Young and Ryan Broyles to establish themselves as the Detroit Lions top receivers behind Calvin Johnson. Burleson even conceded at the time that it could leave him as the odd-man out because hes due to make 10 million over the next two seasons. Two months later, things have changed. The Lions have a much greater reason to bring Burleson back in 2013, regardless of his salary. For much different reasons, neither Young nor Broyles emerged the way that was hoped during the last half of this season, leaving the Lions scrambling to find some playmakers to complement Johnson. With two games left, they're still looking for someone to fill Burleson's spot. Young, a second-round pick in 2011 out of Boise State, turned into a major headache. He was dismissed from the team for a couple weeks when his selfish behavior and insubordination became a distraction to his coaches and teammates...
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