Steelers’ Burress Needs Shoulder Surgery After Practice Injury

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress sustained what appears to be a “significant shoulder injury” during practice and will be out indefinitely, coach Mike Tomlin said.

“He is scheduled for surgery on Monday, and we will re-evaluate the injury at that time,” Tomlin said in a statement on the team’s website. The injury occurred yesterday.

Burress, who turns 36 on Aug. 12, the day of the operation, played three games with the Steelers in 2012 after spending the 2011 National Football League season with the New York Jets.

He was out of football in 2009 and 2010, serving 20 months in jail on a weapons charge after shooting himself in the leg while a member of the New York Giants.

Having played his first five seasons in Pittsburgh before a four-year stint with the Giants, Burress has 8,499 receiving yards and 553 receptions for his career.

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