Nate Burleson is sidelined by a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. ((Denis Poroy/Associated Press))

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Nate Burleson is sidelined for the season because of a knee injury.

Burleson, born in Calgary and raised in Seattle, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Sunday's 34-10 season-opening loss at Buffalo.

The knee buckled as Burleson cut back to try to make a catch at rain-swept Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Prior to being injured, he had five receptions for 60 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown pass. 

Seattle's injured-riddled receiving corps is missing Burleson, Deion Branch (knee) and Bobby Engram (shoulder).

Burleson has totalled 200 receptions for 2,735 yards and 24 touchdowns in 77 games over six NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and Seahawks.

The 27-year old Nevada product was drafted in the third round (71st overall) by Minnesota in 2003.

With files from the Associated Press