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Lions' Nate Burleson to appear on ESPN this week

Nate Burleson will appear on ESPN this week to discuss many topics, but primarily the fact that Calvin Johnson is nearing Jerry Rice's single season receiving yardage record.

Gregory Shamus

Detroit Lions' wide receiver Nate Burleson will appear on ESPN as a guest analyst on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 20, according to the team's official website. Burleson will appear on several programs, including one with famed San Francisco 49ers' receiver Jerry Rice, widely considered to be the best receiver in NFL history.

According to the website, Burleson will discuss current Lions' receiver Calvin Johnson as he nears Rice's NFL single-season receiving record total. Johnson is 181 yards from matching Rice's total from 1995, and the Lions have two games left to play.

Detroit will take on the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday for Week 16 and the Chicago Bears on Dec. 30 for Week 17. Johnson currently has 1,667 yards and five touchdowns. Despite his strong play, the Lions are 4-10, so much of the focus has turned to whether or not he will be able to break the record.

Burleson has spent the season on injured reserve.