Shoulder injury sidelines Pittsburgh’s Plaxico Burress indefinitely

Plaxico Burress
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress injured his shoulder while trying to catch a pass in practice Thursday.
(Keith Srakocic / Associated Press)

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress will have surgery Monday to repair an injury in his right shoulder and is out indefinitely.

Coach Mike Tomlin called the damage to Burress’ shoulder “significant” but declined to specify the exact nature of the injury. ESPN and reported Burress has a torn rotator cuff.

Burress landed awkwardly while trying to haul in a pass over cornerback Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith near the end of Thursday’s practice at Saint Vincent College. The 35-year-old Burress remained bent over on the ground for several moments before getting up and walking to the sideline. He was carted off the field and sported a sling over his right shoulder late Thursday evening.

The Steelers, who open the preseason Saturday night against the New York Giants, had hoped Burress would become the big red zone target they need while tight end Heath Miller recovers from knee surgery.



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