Nate Burleson was back on the practice field today, six weeks after he broke his arm in a pizza-induced car accident, but neither the Lions’ No. 2 receiver nor head coach Jim Schwartz made it sound like Burleson will be on the field when the Lions play the Chicago Bears this weekend at Soldier Field.

“I’m not going to sit here and pull an RG3 and talk over what is common sense and that’s listen to my coaches and listen to the doctors,” Burleson said. “I want to play and that’s just me being a competitor. That doesn’t mean that my arm is ready to be out there for 60 minutes. I’m going to talk with the coaches, talk with the trainers and talk with the doctors and figure out if this week, next week or the week after is best for me.”

Burleson led the Lions with 19 catches for 239 yards through three games when he broke his left forearm in two places while trying to save two pizzas from sliding off his passenger seat in an early-morning crash Sept. 24 in Farmington Hills.

He underwent surgery to put two plates in his arm a few days later and said last month he hoped to return after the Lions’ bye, which was last week.

But Schwartz cautioned today not to read too much into Burleson’s first practice appearance since the injury.

Burleson took part in position drills only and wore a fitted Kevlar brace over his arm.

“We all know how tough a guy Nate is,” Schwartz said. “If it was up to him he probably wouldn’t have missed one game, but there’s only so much that you can do with healing bones and stuff. And I think the big thing with Nate is when we do get him back – we’re going to get him back – but we want to make sure that he’s back for good. And to do that we’ve got to avoid setbacks and stuff like that.”

The Lions (5-3) might opt to play things safe with Burleson after watching what New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski went through with a similar injury.

Gronkowski broke his left forearm last November, missed five games with the injury, then broke his arm again in the playoffs. He had four surgeries to fix the injury, including one to clean out an infection, and played for the first time this year last week.

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III also tried playing through a knee injury last year, and ended up with a torn ACL that limited him in the first half of the season.

Burleson said he has most of his grip strength back in his left hand, but still needs to learn “to fall on the opposite shoulder and not try to brace myself with my left hand.”

Still, if doctors rule him out for Sunday, Burleson said he’ll probably try to beg his way into the game.

“I probably will get in coach’s ear a little bit,” he said. “But I’ve been in it 11 years and I know that being smart and listening to the doctors versus having a competitive stupidity behind you is the route to go. So I’m going to be smart and listen to everybody else around me.”