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Steelers put WR Burress on injured reserve list


August 14. 2013 12:07AM
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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have put wide receiver Plaxico Burress on the injured reserve list, likely ending his season.


The Steelers made the move Tuesday, a day after Burress turned 36.


Burress had surgery Monday morning to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.


Burress joined the NFL with Pittsburgh in 2000. He has caught 553 passes for 8,499 yards and 64 touchdowns in the regular season with the Steelers, Giants and Jets. He played three games for Pittsburgh last season.


In the 2008 Super Bowl, Burress caught a 13-yard TD pass with 35 seconds left to lift the Giants over the New England Patriots.


Giants


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Despite spraining his right ankle “pretty good,” New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle expects to be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.


Wearing a protective boot on his foot, Rolle made it clear that he does not like being hurt and that he will do everything in his power to play quickly.


Rolle was hurt when his feet became tangled with tight end Bear Pascoe during a sideline pass on a 7-on-7 drill on Monday. The 30-year-said the injury happened before he jumped for the pass, with his ankle rolling both to the inside and outside.


Jets


CORTLAND, N.Y. — Rex Ryan says the New York Jets have not yet determined whether Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith will start the team’s next preseason game against Jacksonville on Saturday night.


Both Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg say Tuesday that there are “variables” involved, including Smith’s recovery from a mild ankle sprain. Smith was injured in the team’s preseason opener at Detroit last Friday night, but has not missed any practice time despite a noticeable limp. Smith was able to move around the field with only occasional signs of a limp Tuesday.


Ryan says the possibility of fans booing Sanchez will “absolutely not” have an effect on the decision for Saturday’s game.


Mornhinweg says it’s “too early to say” if one of the quarterbacks has taken the lead in the competition.


Chiefs


ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles had his ailing right foot examined by two orthopedic surgeons and they confirmed the Kansas City Chiefs’ diagnosis of a mild strain.


Charles turned his right ankle early in practice on Monday.


Charles walked down the long, grassy hill to the practice fields Tuesday without a boot or a noticeable limp. He spent some time with the training staff off to the side, riding a stationary bike but only using the arm levers, before leaving the field for the rest of practice.


It’s unclear how long Charles will be out of practice, but it appears unlikely that he will play in Friday night’s preseason game against San Francisco at Arrowhead Stadium.


Cardinals


GLENDALE, Ariz. — The “Honey Badger” is about to get his first NFL start.


Arizona coach Bruce Arians says rookie Tyrann Mathieu will start at free safety in place of injured Rashad Johnson when the Cardinals play the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.


Mathieu has been a sensation in training camp as he looks to make a comeback after being booted from the LSU team for marijuana use and sitting out football altogether last season.


In his NFL debut at Green Bay, Mathieu had a 12-yard sack, a tackle for loss, a pass defensed, two special teams tackles and a 24-yard punt return.


Bills


PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb has taken a big step toward being cleared to make his preseason debut against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday.


Second-year receiver T.J. Graham, meanwhile, is unlikely to play because of a groin injury.


Those were among the updates coach Doug Marrone provided after practice Tuesday.


Marrone said Kolb is on track to play Friday based on how the seventh-year player performed in his second practice since twisting his left knee. Kolb missed eight days and Buffalo’s preseason-opener at Indianapolis on Sunday.


Kolb is competing with rookie first-round draft pick EJ Manuel for the starting job.




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