Nate Burleson suffered a broken forearm early Tuesday morning in a one-car accident. The severity and length of this injury will not be confirmed until after he completes surgery today, but all indications have him out for 6-8 weeks. The need for receiver depth has now become paramount, as receivers Patrick Edwards and Ryan Broyles continue to push through injuries of their own.
Earlier this week, the Lions brought in five veterans to go through workouts, including wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins and quarterback John Parker Wilson. On Tuesday, the Lions brought in three wide receivers, according to a Pro Football Talk report. The receivers were Lavelle Hawkins, Anthony Armstrong and Charles Hawkins.
Lavelle Hawkins, of course, worked out for the Lions on Monday — prior to the Burleson injury. He played five seasons for the Tennessee Titans, after he was drafted in the fourth round by the team out of the University of California. Hawkins had just five receptions in 2012, after a career year for the Titams in 2011, seeing him catch 47 passes for 470 yards and one touchdown. In his five years with the Titans, he caught 71 passes for 771 yards and one touchdown.
Anthony Armstrong is a four year veteran (age 30) out of West Texas A&M, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars before being cut by the Cowboys before the preseason ended. As a rookie in 2010, Armstrong caught 44 passes for 871 yards and three touchdowns. He’s a relatively small receiver, standing 5’11, 184 lbs.
He made the jump out of college to the Intense Football League in 2006 and played in the Arena Football League with for the Dallas Desperados in 2007, before making the Miami Dolphins practice squad in 2008.
Charles Hawkins is an undrafted rookie out of Southern University, who got an opportunity with the Arizona Cardinals this preseason. He ran an unofficial 4.43 40-yard dash at his pro day, but reportedly ran a 4.29 the previous pro day. Hawkins completed his days as a college receiver with 71 career catches, 1,091 yards and 10 touchdowns. Hawkins had four catches for 92 yards in the Arizona Cardinals first preseason game.