Plaxico Burress misses practice

Updated: August 4, 2011, 10:41 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

Plaxico Burress hasn't been on an NFL field for two years, and he'll need to wait one or two more days after rolling his left ankle Wednesday running routes in a private workout with fellow New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes.

"It's nothing serious," Burress said. "I know it's going to be one of those deals where, to everybody else on the outside it's going to be this huge thing, but it's just a little swelling."

Jets coach Rex Ryan said the trainers advised him to hold Burress out of practice until it improves, which should be about one or two days.

"We all want to see him. I'm not different from anyone in here," Ryan said. "But we have to do what's best for him."

Burress said the injury would give him more time to study the Jets' offense, and he added that he has had success in the past without necessarily being on the practice field. He also intimated he could have been more careful; he wasn't wearing tape during the workout, and he didn't stop to ice the ankle.

"When I did it I just kept running routes," Burress said. "Maybe I should have shut it down right then, but I just wanted to keep working, trying to stay sharp, and maybe when I tweaked it I probably should have iced it at that point."

While he was with the Giants, Burress dealt with tendinitis in his right ankle.

The Jets signed Burress to a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $3 million.

Burress has not been allowed to participate in team workouts per rules of the settlement between the league and players, but with a new collective bargaining agreement approved Thursday, he would have been eligible to get on the field Thursday afternoon.

The Jets moved their Thursday practice to 4 p.m. ET so the whole team could practice together. Generally, the Jets practice at 2:15 p.m. ET.

Burress, who was released from prison in June after serving a 20-month sentence on a weapons-possession conviction, had been working out near his home in South Florida with several NFL quarterbacks, including Matthew Stafford, Brady Quinn, Drew Stanton and Byron Leftwich. He worked on his route running and pass catching, and that experience gives him the confidence he can be a star wide receiver in the NFL again.

As Burress tries to fit in with a new team, he was asked if he felt less pressure because Holmes is the No. 1 receiver.

"I put pressure to go out there and perform at a high level anyway. I mean, doesn't matter whether I'm the third or fourth guy," Burress said.

He believes he still has a lot to offer.

"I think everyone is going to be in for a surprise whan I do get back out there," Burress said. "I just can't wait to see what everyone is going to be saying in a couple of days."

Burress opted for the Jets over the Giants but said he still had strong relationships with some of his former teammates.

"I know they're pulling for me just as much as I'm pulling for them," Burress said. "Being over here, I want to accomplish some of the things I did over there. The big thing is to win a world championship. To win a world championship on both sides, I think, it'd be pretty special."

He said the Jets' fan base has been supportive, and he is grateful to have a chance here.

"Every day you step in this building, the goal is to win a world championship," Burress said. "And that's what fuels our fire, and nobody wants to win it more than me. I want to help Mr. (Woody) Johnson and Rex get to that world championship and I just want to come in and contribute and win a championship."

Jane McManus is a reporter and columnist for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini was used in this report.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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