As the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to take on the New York Giants in their NFL preseason opener on Saturday night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, word comes that Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress has a torn rotator cuff and may miss the entire season.
An unnamed source has told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Burress landed awkwardly on his right arm after attempting a leaping catch over two defensive backs in a Steelers practice session on Thursday.
Burress, who will turn 36 next week, has 553 receptions in 11 NFL seasons for 8,499 yards and 64 touchdowns. He was expected to have a good shot to be the Steelers’ number-4 or number-5 wide receiver this year.
The Steelers’ game Saturday begins at 7:30 PM.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced Friday morning that Burress will undergo surgery on Monday. Tomlin added that the team “will re-evaluate the injury at that time.”