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 NFL.com 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.
Shawn Lauvao's consecutive games streak is about to end, and so is Cleveland's run of healthy starting offensive lineman. The Browns right guard underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Friday and will not be ready for the Sept. 8 opener against Miami, the first game Lauvao has missed in three seasons. … St. Louis Rams right tackle Rodger Saffold may miss up to two weeks after dislocating his left shoulder in an exhibition opener at Cleveland. Coach Jeff Fisher said Friday that Saffold was sore and tests were still ongoing. … The Atlanta Falcons have placed right tackle Mike Johnson on injured reserve. Johnson dislocated his left ankle and broke his left leg in Tuesday's practice. He will have surgery next week.