Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress will have surgery Monday to repair an injury in his right shoulder and is out indefinitely.
Coach Mike Tomlin called the damage to Burress’ shoulder “significant” but declined to specify the exact nature of the injury. ESPN and NFL.com reported Burress has a torn rotator cuff.
Burress, a 12-year veteran, landed awkwardly while trying to haul in a pass over cornerback Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith near the end of Thursday’s practice.
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The 35-year-old Burress remained bent over on the ground for several moments before getting up and walking to the sideline. He was carted off the field and sported a sling over his right shoulder late Thursday.
The Steelers, who open the preseason Saturday against the New York Giants, had hoped Burress would become the big red zone target they need while tight end Heath Miller recovers from knee surgery.
Burress signed with Pittsburgh last November and caught three passes in limited action. He was battling Jerricho Cotchery, David Gilreath and rookies Markus Wheaton and Justin Brown for a spot behind starters Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders.
RAMS TACKLE HURT
St. Louis Rams right tackle Rodger Saffold might miss two weeks after dislocating his left shoulder.
He was injured on the second play of the Rams’ first offensive series during Thursday’s 27-19 exhibition loss to Cleveland.
Coach Jeff Fisher on Friday said Saffold was sore, and tests were still ongoing.
“He’ll miss some time and a preseason game or two, but I think we’ll have him back here in a couple of weeks,” he said. “It dislocated, came out the back. We got it right back in place.”
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