Plax practices full, no back issues

August, 25, 2011
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Plaxico Burress' lower-back soreness apparently was much ado about nothing.

On Thursday, Burress practiced fully in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets were supposed to ride a bus to Long Island for their annual practice at Hofstra, but they scrapped those plans because of the weather.

"He looked great," Rex Ryan said of Burress. "He made an unbelievable catch today, he had a couple of them, so he wasn’t held out of anything today."

Burress is a full go for Saturday night's preseason game against his previous team, the Giants.

INJURY REPORT: Only three players out for the game -- QB Mark Brunell (calf), OL Trevor Canfield (knee) and TE Jeff Cumberland (hamstring).

TROUBLE BRU-ING? Chances are, Brunell won't play next Thursday in the final preseason game, meaning he will have gone the entire preseason without a snap. Remember, he missed the opener because of a dislocated pinky on his throwing hand.

Ryan downplayed the significance of Brunell's inactivity, saying he's been around long enough (18 seasons) to overcome the down time.

"I probably would have been much more concerned had he not been with us last year, but the fact that this offense is not new to him now, I feel okay about that," Ryan said. " I like the way our young guy (Greg McElroy) is coming around. I am not too concerned with that."

It's not a concern ... unless Mark Sanchez is injured and Brunell has to play. Then it will become a major concern because, no matter how much exxperience he has, he'd be dealing with a serious case of rust -- not to mention a suspect wheel.

McElroy, a seventh-round pick from Alabama, has played reasonably well -- only one turnover in 4 1/2 quarters of action. He's the highest-rated passer among rookies (89.5). McElroy likes the way he played last week against the Bengals.

"I think I played confidently," he said. "I was able to execute a little better from a read standpoint, from dropping-back, setting-my-feet standpoint. The conditions weren't the best, but I think I threw the ball better."

WASHED OUT: Ryan, explaining the decision to cancel the one-night stand in Hofstra, said they made the call for the safety of fans and players.

"It's disappointing," he said. "I was really looking forward to it."

But probably not the commute.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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