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.
First Published August 9, 2013 3:15 PM