The End of Plaxico Burress

Once a rising star, Plaxico Burress' career may be over after tearing his rotator cuff in training camp Thursday.
Once a rising star, Plaxico Burress’ career may be over after tearing his rotator cuff in training camp Thursday.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress’ career may be at its end after the veteran wideout was carted off of the training camp field on Thursday. Given a second chance with the Steelers, the former rising star may have played his last game in the NFL, it was announced he will miss the entire season due to a torn rotator cuff.

After the conclusion of Friday’s practice, head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the injury with the media, and made the announcement that Burress will require surgery to repair his injured shoulder. “During Thursday’s practice, Plaxico suffered what appears to be a significant shoulder injury. He is scheduled for surgery on Monday, and we will reevaluate the injury at that time,” he said.

A sad and abrupt ending to a career Plaxico Burress was confident he could resurrect this season. In June he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that “I know I can still play, I know I can dominate in the red zone. Just go out and play at a high percentage. In those one-on-one opportunities, just succeed at a high rate. I know I can. Being out there last year, I drew double coverage in the red zone without hardly playing, I think teams will have to respect that.”

At 6 foot 5 there is no question that the former 8th overall draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers had the ability to dominate in the red zone despite the fact that he is 35 years old and hasn’t been a dominant threat in several years.

For his career he has 553 catches for 8,499 yards and 64 touchdowns during 11 seasons with the Steelers, New York Jets and Giants. After a promising start to his career, he missed the 2009 and 2010 seasons due to jail time stemming from the infamous ‘Plaxidental’ shooting. He accidentally shot himself in the thigh with his own gun in a New York nightclub.

The second chance with the Pittsburgh Steelers may be over for Plaxico Burress after tearing his rotator cuff. Returning to the team quietly last season, the big receiver appeared in just four games, and made little noise while doing so. Nonetheless both parties were anticipating more production this season and the Steelers gave Plax a one year contract in March.

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