Nate Burleson hopes to return to play for the Detroit Lions by November at the latest after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair two broken bones in his left arm, a team source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.
Ken Sarnoff, Burleson's agent, tweeted Wednesday afternoon that his client's surgery to repair the broken radius and ulna in his left forearm went well.
Burleson plans to be with his teammates on the sideline for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, the source told Werder.
Burleson broke the bones in a single-car accident early Tuesday morning on Interstate 696 in Farmington Hills, Mich., when he hit a center median as he was trying to stop a pizza box from sliding off of the seat.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Tuesday the team does not plan on placing Burleson on injured reserve because there is hope he could return before the end of the season.
ESPN.com Lions reporter Michael Rothstein contributed to this report.