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Burress has torn rotator cuff, could be done for the year


For the first time in five years, Plaxico Burress has had a full offseason with a team to prepare for the campaign to come.  This year, he could be done before even the first preseason game.

Per a league source, Burress has a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder.  The injury happened Thursday after Burress hit the ground hard while trying to make a catch.

Burress, who turns 36 on Monday, spent most of 2012 looking for a job before signing late in the year with the Steelers, the team that made him a first-round draft choice in 2000.  He re-signed with the Steelers for another year, and he was expected to serve as a large target for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, especially in the red zone.

For now, it’s feared that the injury could end Plaxico’s season.  No final decision has been made as to whether he’ll potentially return.

The Steelers, who lost Mike Wallace in free agency, could look outside the organization for help at the position.

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89 Responses to “Burress has torn rotator cuff, could be done for the year”
  1. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 8, 2013 11:50 PM

    Paging Brandon Lloyd!

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 8, 2013 11:50 PM

    Terrell Owens looks great to Ben right about now.

  3. raiderinva says: Aug 8, 2013 11:52 PM

    The Steelers still have Sanders and Brown.

    That is still a top five receiver tandem in the NFL today.

  4. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 8, 2013 11:54 PM

    And nothing of value was lost.

  5. blackbug99 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:56 PM

    At 36 we all want to be who we were @21. Time takes it’s toll. A big man sees it’s time to move on.

  6. tebowsgonnagitya says: Aug 8, 2013 11:56 PM

    That’s why most guys avoid shooting themselves, you lose enough time to legit football injuries

  7. vbe2 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:56 PM

    Burress has torn rotator cuff, could be done for the year
    Correction, “could be done for the career”

  8. jeremycrowhurst says: Aug 9, 2013 12:01 AM

    Man, that’s tough for the Steelers. That’s a good 18 catches and 200 yards they have to find some way to replace….

  9. wttoolman says: Aug 9, 2013 12:02 AM

    It looks like Burress just keeps shooting himself in the foot!!

  10. blowpackblow says: Aug 9, 2013 12:04 AM

    Shoot! Get it?

  11. sc49ers says: Aug 9, 2013 12:05 AM

    Maybe just maybe This Injury is tell you something….

  12. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 9, 2013 12:06 AM

    Next man up.

    You’re jealous?

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 9, 2013 12:07 AM

    I’m not sure this will hold them back from achieving 3rd in the division.

  14. fdugrad says: Aug 9, 2013 12:13 AM

    I wonder if he is wishing he had actually gotten a college diploma at MSU and saved and invested his ungodly salaries received over some dozen years, rather than making trouble and acting the fool that ENTIRE time span? At this point in his life his injury is more than likely career ending. Another sad, yet typical story for the career/life arch of far too many NFL players. They train for one and ONLY one thing their entire lives, and their concept of the future goes this deep: Now, and NOT Now.

  15. ballboy48 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:15 AM

    I just saw him at a Dave Matthews Band show in West Palm Beach a few weeks back. No joke. Seems like a good guy!

  16. phillyphever says: Aug 9, 2013 12:17 AM

    Ah Plaxglass. Good to see you still living up to that name.

  17. 1stto6 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:18 AM

    Plax – get well. But he always seemed awkward playing and somewhat uncoordinated. Difficult to watch him at times. Like Mike Wallace in a way. Fitting he falls and does in his shoulder and likely his career. Amazing that year he had with the Giants though. Steelers wil be fine without him. Gilreath now can make the team.

  18. maxwelltran says: Aug 9, 2013 12:25 AM

    did he shoot himself in the shoulder?

  19. Stiller43 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:26 AM

    “The Steelers, who lost Mike Wallace in free agency, could look outside the organization for help at the position.”

    IF he made the team, he would be have the #5 WR.

    Brown, Sanders, Cotchery/Wheaton are locks. Burress is/was fighting for a spot with Justin Brown and possibly David Gilreath as the #5. No outside help needed.

  20. poesports says: Aug 9, 2013 12:26 AM

    youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 27, 2013 9:01 PM

    LOL! That made my day. What losers the Ravens are.

    Remember this post? Oh how I love the karma!!

  21. dirtydrew says: Aug 9, 2013 12:27 AM

    Makes those missed jail bird years that much more painful. Get a holster.

  22. poesports says: Aug 9, 2013 12:29 AM

    The above comment was 6rings post to Pitta being out for the season. Karma indeed.

  23. bennyb82 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:34 AM

    Hello, is Randy there?

  24. Norseman says: Aug 9, 2013 12:36 AM

    Steeler passing attack wasn’t looking good with Burress. Gonna be a tough year for the Steelers offensively.

  25. Norseman says: Aug 9, 2013 12:36 AM

    Randy Moss?

  26. sweetness3417 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:37 AM

    the gun he was carrying must’ve weighed too much

  27. wwwfella says: Aug 9, 2013 12:39 AM


  28. vegaskid21 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:42 AM

    At least it wasn’t an ACL tear this time

  29. jjbadd385 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:43 AM

    T.O…. welcome to Pittsburgh

  30. idolized1 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:09 AM

    “What are you doing now? You still mad at your job? You still angry about your life? ’Cause I’m back living my life and enjoying my family while you’re still doing the same thing.”

    – Plaxico Burress regarding NFL fans


    He will get no sympathy from me.

  31. blackngold4life says: Aug 9, 2013 1:33 AM

    Wow..Hate that for Plax

  32. ghand57 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:38 AM

    Washed up.

  33. rasta028 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:38 AM

    What a clown, hopefully this idiots career is over.

  34. nflpoker says: Aug 9, 2013 1:58 AM

    What a surprise. Another WR goes down for the year. Anymore injuries and some teams won’t need to cut anyone in order to meet their next allowable roster limit. Attrition will take care of that.

  35. freebledsoe says: Aug 9, 2013 2:08 AM


  36. steelersfansblow says: Aug 9, 2013 2:15 AM

    I obviously am not a Steelers fan but this sucks. I don’t want any player I root for or against to suffer injuries such as a torn rotator cuff. I hope he recovers fully and is around this time next year to give it another shot.

  37. pcoisma says: Aug 9, 2013 2:28 AM

    By letting Wallace go and signing Burress looks like the Steelers shot themselves in the “leg” err foot. LOL

  38. cherrybop says: Aug 9, 2013 2:34 AM

    That might be the end of his career right there.

  39. harshedmellow says: Aug 9, 2013 3:23 AM

    Yeah, but can he take a bullet?

  40. feelnsavage says: Aug 9, 2013 3:38 AM

    Sorry Plax…. But sounds like that’s the end of your career…

  41. arburton300 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:39 AM

    That’s a shame, I was really pulling for Plax to have a good year. Take care and get well soon.

  42. justpassingthrew says: Aug 9, 2013 3:48 AM

    Oh no, which side? Hopefully not his shooting arm….

  43. olcap says: Aug 9, 2013 4:23 AM

    It’s not like a 36 year old Burress, who hasn’t exactly played much football lately, would make much difference anyway.

  44. AParsons says: Aug 9, 2013 5:02 AM

    This Steelers team is not what I am used to seeing. AFC North will be interesting to watch unfold. Get Well Plax

  45. dirtyharry1971 says: Aug 9, 2013 5:41 AM

    Its all over for the steelers this year except for the kicking and screaming. Cant wait to see the pounding big ben is gonna take in the pocket this year, couldn’t happen to a nicer guy

  46. bengalguy says: Aug 9, 2013 5:46 AM

    Old washed up team

  47. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Aug 9, 2013 5:50 AM

    Burress was the third receiver on the depth chart at absolute best. This article makes it sound like it is a bigger deal for the Steelers than it actually is. He is 36 after all.

  48. tommy57 says: Aug 9, 2013 6:25 AM

    At age 36, this may end more than just his season.

  49. pdmjr says: Aug 9, 2013 6:38 AM

    Plax wasn’t going to make the team anyway

  50. giantsfan64 says: Aug 9, 2013 6:40 AM

    Did he shoot himself in the shoulder

  51. z06vision says: Aug 9, 2013 6:52 AM

    Put a fork in him. His career is over. Next….

  52. buzzbeaubank says: Aug 9, 2013 6:54 AM

    I feel bad for Plax. It won’t be easier to make a team next year. Maybe jtbsteeler should revise his prediction of where T.O. will end up.

  53. jkulha86 says: Aug 9, 2013 7:04 AM

    It will hurt the Steelers in the red zone, but beyond that Burress was battling for the 4th and 5th WR position. They’ll most likely stay in house and keep David Gilreath or Justin Brown.

  54. popcrowl says: Aug 9, 2013 7:06 AM

    That’s a real shot in the leg to their WR corps.

  55. imjinrat says: Aug 9, 2013 7:18 AM

    Must have been a faulty shoulder holster.

  56. northbynw27 says: Aug 9, 2013 7:25 AM

    Please tell me there wasn’t a pistol involved..

  57. monkeyhateclean says: Aug 9, 2013 7:34 AM

    T.O. lol

  58. exboomer says: Aug 9, 2013 7:47 AM

    Buress is to old to play and should just retire. It’s amazing how players don’t know when it’s time to quit.

  59. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2013 8:04 AM

    How will they ever replace his handful of catches?

    Or, in other words, what if a guy was out for the year and nobody noticed?

  60. justpassingthrew says: Aug 9, 2013 8:30 AM

    They still weren’t clear, did he tear it or blow it out?

  61. ziggy26 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:45 AM

    I doubt they’ll go outside the organization to replace him. They might bring in another receiver as a camp body, but Plaxico was on the verge of being cut anyway. He was fighting for the fifth receiver spot behind Brown, Sanders, Cotchery, and 3rd round pick Wheaton. The guys he was competing with, David Gilreath and Justin Brown, can both play on special teams.

    I think this injury just made the Steelers’ decision easier.

  62. @Cereal_22 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:59 AM

    Steelers continue to decline, 7-9.

  63. father4 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:07 AM

    Come on people–why all the hate–what’s that about?? Most of us couldn’t do 10% of what these guys can do. The gun comments and the comments on his finances—do you really know what’s in his bank accout?? I’d like to have a piece of what he has instead of grinding like I do to pay my kids tuition and my mortgage! Consider this–he’s human just like us and as a human has alms the faults that come along with the species—I wish him a the best. I enjoyed watching him play though I submit this does not look good for his career continuing.

  64. troy43mvp says: Aug 9, 2013 9:08 AM

    Hey I Know! Let’s Add Two Regular Season Games!!!

  65. nightrain42 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:10 AM

    With Heath out, we now have zero big redzone targets

  66. finallythevoiceofreason says: Aug 9, 2013 9:10 AM

    Burress was going to be #4 at best behind Brown, Sanders and Cotchery, however, it is going to hurt in the red zone. There is no way they sign either Randy Moss or Terrell Owens.

  67. stiller9305 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:11 AM

    With the way Justin Brown and David Gilreath are playing in camp he may not have even made the team. Best of luck Plax.

  68. finallythevoiceofreason says: Aug 9, 2013 9:14 AM

    The above comment was 6rings post to Pitta being out for the season. Karma indeed.

    Dennis Pitta is a break-out player that was on the verge of becoming special for the Ravens………Plaxico Burress is a dying dinosaur that was trying to have one last hurrah with the team that drafted him. Who loses out more in this?

  69. cbass59 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:19 AM

    Plax wasn’t a guarantee to even make the team and if he did it was as the 5th receiver.

    Pcoisma, Plax wasn’t signed to replace Wallace. Wheaton was drafted to replace Wallace, who was terrible last year. It’ll be nice to have a young WR who gives more than 50% and isn’t afraid to catch the ball when he knows he will get hit.

  70. jtbsteeler says: Aug 9, 2013 9:19 AM

    Justin Brown, the guy Plax was in a battle with for the “5th” receiver slot is better than every WR on the Ravens not named Torrey Smith.

    Sixty comments is what happens after a Ravens preseason game that displays a garbage dumpdown offense with a WR corp that has their fanbase stuck on the toilet because of a nervous stomach.

    “Lets divert attention from our poor excuse for an offense, and yap about the Steelers sixth receiver Plax Burress.”

    Everything I said about your pathetic offense has come true. Ozzie wont sit by and watch this train wreck. I see the Raven defense being on the field at least 35 minutes a game this season.

  71. nananatman says: Aug 9, 2013 9:21 AM

    That sucks, he really is a skilled guy.

  72. sbchampsagain says: Aug 9, 2013 9:32 AM

    No worries for my steelers.
    If he was going to play for us we were in trouble anyway.

  73. fordmandalay says: Aug 9, 2013 9:47 AM

    He might have only been #5 receiver on the Steeler depth chart, but he was #5… WITH A BULLET!!

  74. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 9, 2013 10:08 AM

    Even injured, he’d still start on the Ravens.

  75. whodeytrox says: Aug 9, 2013 10:09 AM

    raiderinva says:
    Aug 8, 2013 11:52 PM
    The Steelers still have Sanders and Brown.

    That is still a top five receiver tandem in the NFL today.

    This is the funniest thing I’ve heard so far today, but it’s still early.

    See also: Falcons, Giants, Broncos, Cowboys, Packers, Saints, Bengals, Ravens, Buccaneers, and I’m sure there are at least a few other teams with WR and TE duos that are way better than Sanders and Brown. Not even close to top 5.

  76. ruthlessburgher says: Aug 9, 2013 10:15 AM

    As the 5th WR on the roster behind Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Markus Wheaton, and Jerricho Cotchery, Plaxico was no guarantee to make the team even if he were healthy (because teams usually like their 5th WR to be able to contribute on special teams, which Burress would not).

  77. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 9, 2013 10:28 AM

    the steelers are the 20th best team in the NFL

    none of their news should even make this site..

  78. steelerben says: Aug 9, 2013 10:45 AM

    Everyone saying Plax wasn’t going to make the team, you couldn’t be more wrong. While Brown and Sanders are both very good receivers and I like Cotchery as a possession guy, there is something to be said for the guy that you can run to the back of the endzone to go up and get one. Yeah, he’s 36 and wasn’t going to be lighting up any corners on a 9 route, but he is 6’5″.

    Antonio Brown – 5’10”
    Emmanuel Sanders – 5’11”
    Markus Wheaton – 5’11”
    Jerricho Cotchery – 6’1″

    When you are talking about a team that was 22nd in scoring last season that is now minus Mike Wallace and Heath Miller, who accounted for 16 of the teams 27 receiving touchdowns, that’s the kind of target you’re going to miss.

  79. scoobies05 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:57 AM

    those 2 arent a top 5 duo in a 4 team league. and people say im a homer

  80. scoobies05 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:20 AM

    however injuries do suck. good luck on your recovery plax

  81. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:24 AM

    Burress’ height is overrated. Why wasn’t he utilized more last season? And why did Roethlisberger only throw 17 TD passes in 2004, when Burress was in his prime?
    That “jump-ball-in-the-end-zone” plan looks good on paper, but it never was realized, at least not in Pittsburgh.
    The Steelers have yet to replace Santonio Holmes, whose yards-after-catches were remarkable and spectacular. Perhaps this Wheaton they drafted will be that kind of receiver.

  82. stoogy says: Aug 9, 2013 11:32 AM

    Guess this will be the yinzers excuses this year. Ben would of had a MVP season if plax was healthy. Ben is the most over hyped player in the NFL.

  83. jonbeck316 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:43 AM

    Because of the injury to Burress, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette is reporting the Steelers are no longer planning to run the pistol offense

  84. lovefootball4life says: Aug 9, 2013 12:00 PM

    That sucks for Plax. I’d be nice to see him come back but it is tough at this stage of his career. I love watching gigantic receivers play, even if they are on a rival team. I believe he would have been better than 4th or 5th option but I do appreciate the Steeler fan’s confidence in what they have on the roster.

  85. jtbsteeler says: Aug 9, 2013 12:36 PM

    No one in Baltimore is confident in their WR corp.

  86. guitarkevin says: Aug 9, 2013 1:02 PM

    I wish the Steelers would get healthy so they can stop make excuses when they lose games.

  87. scoobies05 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:40 PM

    no one anywhere is confident in the steeler offense

  88. irkjames says: Aug 9, 2013 2:20 PM

    The only things I want in life are millions of dollars and a Super Bowl ring. That’s all I’ve wanted since I was 5 years old.

    Carry on.

  89. arburton300 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    Why are there so many negative comments being posted. The man has had a serious injury and I’m reading joke and negative comments. Yes Plax did something wrong in the past but who hasn’t. By the way he paid a pretty high price for that mistake. Good luck with you surgery Plaxico. Shame on all the people who are making negative comments.

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