Steelers WR Plaxico Burress Has Surgery On 36th Birthday

Veteran Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress will celebrate his 36th birthday Monday by having surgery to repair the torn rotator cuff suffered last week in practice.

Burress, who re-signed to a one-year deal right at the start of free agency period this past offseason, was hoping to have one last run in 2013 with the team that drafted him in the first round of 2000 NFL Draft, but now he will more than likely be placed on injured reserve at some point.

Burress talked all offseason about how excited he was to have more time to not only get himself into football shape, but learn the Steelers offense in addition. He joined the Steelers late last season after both Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery were temporarily sidelined by injuries, but saw very little playing time.

In the 2012 season finale against the Cleveland Browns, Burress scored the Steelers final touchdown of the year as he hauled in a 12-yard pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with 3:25 left in the game.

We wish Burress nothing but the best and hope he can at least get some ice cream to go along with his pain medicine later on today.

  • Tom oneal

    What, no Bubby Brister news?

  • TJimmy

    His gift is free money from a yearlong contract and not having to earn it. I am sure he would rather play though.

  • Douglas Andrews

    It was going to be a battle for the last group of receivers fighting for that 5th spot. Would have been nice to see Plax compete to win a spot on the 53. Thanks for everything you gave the Steelers Plax if this is your final season.

  • JPDQ

    Hate this for Burress, was really kind of pulling for this guy. Always felt like he got made an example of with the gun fiasco and prison sentence for shooting himself in the leg. While I definitely thought the guy could be a knucklehead at times, I never felt like he was a thug, or a wife beater, or a drug dealer like some of these guys in the league. Also thought he would’ve been a good veteran presence for our receiving corps, as it’s almost a foregone conclusion that we’ll have injuries there at some point. Would’ve been nice to have him available to step up in a bigger role later in the season.