Tearing his rotator cuff in a practice fall, Plaxico Burress’ career might just be in danger as the 35 year old Super Bowl winning wide receiver could potentially miss the entire 2013 season with an injury that is always regarded to be serious. Now, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has broken the silence on whether or not Burress will have surgery, releasing a statement on the matter to the media.
During Thursday’s practice, Plaxico suffered what appears to be a significant shoulder injury. He is scheduled for surgery on Monday, and we will re-evaluate the injury at that time. I will provide an update as soon as more information becomes available.
Burress is in his second stint in Pittsburgh, the team where he had his breakout as an NFL wide receiver. Burress’ most memorable moments as a wideout came with the New York Giants as he paired up with Eli Manning to upset the undefeated New England Patriots on their way to the Super Bowl. Burress, who was playing the entire postseason injured and sitting out of practice, caught the game winning touchdown after David Tyree’s famous helmet catch to put New York ahead late in the fourth quarter, sealing the win for the G-Men.
Burress would infamously end his New York career by shooting himself in the leg, injuring himself and earning jail time in the process. He would get a chance again at the Meadowlands, this time with the Jets, reviving his career as a red zone threat before returning to Pittsburgh.
Now it appears that Plaxico’s career is in jeopardy, a rotator cuff injury has the potential to end a player’s season, especially a 35 year old one. Here is hoping that Burress is able to recover from surgery and end his career on his own terms.