Burress suffers torn rotator cuff
By Mark Kaboly
Published: Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, 12:24 p.m.
Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress will have shoulder surgery Monday, putting his season in jeopardy.
“Plaxico suffered what appears to be a significant shoulder injury,” Tomlin said Friday while confirming the surgery.
Tomlin said the team will re-evaluate Burress after the procedure.
Sources confirmed to the Tribune-Review that Burress tore his right rotator cuff during Thursday's practice. The injury could sideline him all season.
Burress, who turns 36 on Monday, fell awkwardly on his right shoulder after going up for a Ben Roethlisberger jump ball over cornerback Ryan Steed and safety DaMon Cromartie-Smith during practice.
Burress remained on the turf briefly before jogging off the field. He later was taken to the locker room on a cart with his right shoulder wrapped.
The Steelers re-signed Burress to a one-year deal in March. He spent the final six games last season on the roster, playing in four and finishing with three receptions and a touchdown.
The 6-foot-5 Burress spent his first five seasons with the Steelers before signing with the Giants in 2005.
He caught the winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLII, but his career was derailed after he accidentally shot himself in a New York nightclub, leading to a gun charge that resulted in a 20-month prison sentence.
Burress was vying for a back-end roster spot behind Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery and rookie Markus Wheaton.
The Steelers are $4.35 million under the salary cap and could look for a veteran free agent to replace Burress. If not, they will choose between a group of young receivers, including Justin Brown, Derek Moye, David Gilreath, Reggie Dunn, J.D. Woods and Kashif Moore.
Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.
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