Lions will face Burleson in preseason opener

The Detroit Lions will face Nate Burleson’s new team, the Cleveland Browns, in the preseason opener at Ford Field during the week of August 7-10.

Burleson spent the last four years with the Lions before getting released during the offseason and signing a free-agent deal with the Browns.

The NFL released each team’s preseason opponents Wednesday. Exact dates and times will be announced later.

The regular-season schedule is expected to be released in the next couple weeks.

The Lions’ other exhibition game at home will in Week 3 (Aug. 21-24) against former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The third game is generally considered somewhat of a dress rehearsal for the regular season, with the starters getting their most playing time of the preseason.

Detroit’s two exhibition road games will be against the Oakland Raiders in Week 2 (Aug. 14-18) and the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 28 in Week 4.

Buffalo, which hired former Lions coach Jim Schwartz as its new defensive coordinator, is also scheduled to face Detroit during the regular season at Ford Field, possibly on Thanksgiving Day.

None of the Lions’ preseason games are slated for national television.