Florham Park, N.J.– The ankle of WR Plaxico Burress looks to be doing just fine. After taking two days off, Burress was back on the field and participated fully in walk-throughs this morning. The trainers want to play it safe so more damage does not occur, but that did not stop Burress from sneaking on the field for a couple of plays while Rex was not looking.
When Burress came in this morning he went through his usual questioning with the trainers. They are watching him like a hawk and making sure the ankle does not get worse. When Burress was asked on how they decided that he would participate today, he replied, “They’re pretty much just asking how do I feel. I come in the morning and tell them how I feel. I woke up this morning feeling pretty good.”
Even though Burress felt better, the team is still treating him and making sure he stays out of trouble. This is easier said than done for a player who has not been on the field for three years. The plan for him in the afternoon practice was just to go through individuals but he took it a little further than that.
“The plan was just for me to go through individuals. I stole a couple of team plays. I tried to sneak in there.” Burress said.
Coach Ryan was not pleased with his actions but did not scold him. He just let him know that we are doing everything we can to keep you at your best without making the severity of the injury any worse.
“I really want to go slow, because he’s feeling great, but if you have him go through this and there’s a setback, then it may cost you two weeks.” Ryan said.
The comfort level on the field with QB Mark Sanchez needs to be worked on by both sides. During practice today, Sanchez missed Burress badly by throwing behind him on a crossing pattern. This is one thing they need to work on together. Getting on the same page will take time but that’s what practice is for. Burress made it clear that need to work on some things.
“I’m just trying to get comfortable. I think that’s the most important thing for me and him during this transition is for us to get comfortable with eachother.” Burress said.
There will be plenty of time for the two to get more acquainted with eachothers games, and when they do, look for Sanchez and Burress to create some big plays down the field and in the end zone.
Overall, today was a good start for the new Jet. Burress will continue to practice and try to stay healthy for the upcoming season.
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