Saturday, July 30, 2005
Burress injures knee in first Giants practice
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York Giants got a scare on Saturday
when wide receiver Plaxico Burress was taken off the field during
their first practice session with what coach Tom Coughlin described
as a hyperextended knee.
But the Giants' major offseason acquisition was back on the
field for the team's afternoon practice.
Burress was hurt when he went up for a long sideline pass from backup
quarterback Jesse Palmer and fell to the ground after battling with
rookie cornerback Ahmad Treaudo. He grabbed his right leg, then lay
on his back for about five minutes while trainers examined him.
Burress later was taken from practice in a golf cart with his
right knee wrapped.
The Giants acquired Burress as an unrestricted free agent from
Pittsburgh in March. He signed a six-year, $25 million contract
that included an $8 million signing bonus.
The sixth-year pro, a first-round draft pick by the Steelers out
of Michigan State, has 262 career receptions for 4,164 yards and 22
touchdowns. He is expected to strengthen a Giants passing attack
that had the second-fewest touchdown passes in the NFL last season.