Steelers WR Burress to undergo surgery for shoulder injury

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Plaxico Burress will undergo surgery Monday to repair what coach Mike Tomlin said appears to be a "significant shoulder injury."

A source told the Post-Gazette his rotator cuff was torn, which was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN late Thursday night.

The injury, which occurred late in practice when he fell leaping for a pass, could be the final blow to the career of Burress, who turns 36 Monday.

Tomlin said team officials would re-evaluate the injury after he has surgery.

Burress was injured when he jumped for a ball and landed hard during team drills. He stayed on the field for a moment and then walked off under his own power. Later, he was taken from the field with his arm in a sling.

Burress, the Steelers' No. 1 pick in the 2000 draft, played with the Steelers from 2000-04 and then re-signed with the team last November. He was competing for a spot on the roster this summer.

Burress played in two AFC championship games with the Steelers and then won a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2008. The Giants visit the Steelers Saturday and Burress was looking forward to catching up with some of his old teammates.

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First Published August 9, 2013 3:15 PM


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