FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Plaxico Burress' long-awaited debut on the practice field will have to wait until Sunday at the earliest.
The New York Jets wide receiver missed practice Friday because of an ankle injury, his second straight day on the sideline. His debut was supposed to be Thursday, when the new labor agreement was ratified, but Burress rolled his left ankle Wednesday while practicing pass routes with Santonio Holmes.
Burress, whom the Jets signed last Sunday, participated in the morning walk-through -- but there was no jogging allowed. During the afternoon practice, he worked mostly on a side field, performing conditioning drills with a trainer. He also caught balls from a machine.
The Jets don't practice Saturday, so it looks like the unveiling will be Sunday. Burress, 33, who missed the past two seasons while serving 20 months in jail for weapons possession, has claimed that he'll look like he's 25 again once he gets on the field.
"I know he's itching to go and things, but we're going to be smart," coach Rex Ryan said. "He's still got some swelling in the ankle."
The Jets gave Burress a one-year, $3 million contract (guaranteed) with the idea that he'd start opposite Holmes. Burress will replace Braylon Edwards, who signed a free-agent deal with the San Francisco 49ers.
"Plaxico is just taking his time, spending a lot of extra time in the film room," Holmes said. "Outside of practice, we sit around and talk plays, and I think that's helping. It's not a tough system to really be in. He just has to get ready for football. Get in football shape and get his mentality ready. I think he'll be ready."
The Jets need a veteran presence at receiver. Aside from Holmes and Burress, who's a question mark because of his long layoff, the Jets are extremely thin. Jerricho Cotchery was released, per his request. To replace Cotchery, the Jets have made an offer to former Baltimore Ravens veteran Derrick Mason, who also is weighing offers from the Ravens and Tennessee Titans. He told the Baltimore Sun late Friday that he hopes to make a decision this weekend.
Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.