A lot of people cite Michael Vick’s tremendous career reclamation as a reason why Plaxico Burress should be able to get back on track as an elite NFL wide receiver. But what many of those people might be forgetting is that it took Vick pretty much an entire year to become re-acclimated to the NFL after being released from prison.
It’s beginning to look as though Burress will have a similarly slow start to his second shot at pro football.
Burress has been ailed by a left ankle injury that will require an MRI and will force him to miss the Jets’ preseason opener Monday night against the Texans. The team has now told him that he’ll be shelved until at least Wednesday, according to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News.
“We’ll keep our fingers crossed,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “He feels better today than he ever has since he had the injury. We want him to be at a 100 percent. We don’t want it to linger. If we chill him until Wednesday, he should be just fine.”
Burress turned 34 today (hey, we’re birthday twins! Hint, hint…), which isn’t too old for a wide receiver. Still, injuries typically take longer to recover from at that age, and the guy hasn’t played a football game since Nov. 16, 2008.
With Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery gone and Burress down, the team will have to rely on recent signing Derrick Mason and rookie Jeremy Kerley to step up. That’s scary.
The Jets insist they aren’t concerned yet, but I can assure you that many fans are.