NFC East: Steelers

Burress will begin game on bench

October, 26, 2008
10/26/08
2:34
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Just when you thought Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress couldn't become more of a distraction, he made news by skipping treatment on his sore neck Saturday. The Giants reportedly thought about suspending Burress for Sunday's showdown with Pittsburgh, but he will remain active.

This clears the way for Domenik Hixon to start in Burress' place. The last time Burress missed a game due to suspension, Hixon surpassed 100 yards receiving and had a touchdown before suffering a concussion in the first half. If coach Tom Coughlin wants to send a message, he could lean on Steve Smith, Sinorice Moss and Hixon. The Giants have a lot of depth at the receiver position, and I think they can beat the Steelers without Burress.

In a text message to ESPN's Rachel Nichols, Burress said he didn't know how long he'd have to sit out. Something tells me that Coughlin will leave him on the bench for at least a quarter. And honestly, I'm a bit surprised Coughlin didn't go ahead and suspend Burress.

For a player who just received a lucrative contract extension, Burress has a funny way of showing his gratitude. The money has seemed to heighten his sense of entitlement -- and perhaps it will take more than a fine to get his attention.

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