If the New York Giants return to the Super Bowl this year, they will do so without the services of one of last year’s heroes, Plaxico Burress. Plax was suspended by the Giants for the remainder of the year including playoffs after he was arrested on gun possession charges stemming from a night club incident last week where the star WR shot himself in the leg. This is the second time the Giants have suspended Burress this season. The first came on an unexcused absence from practice. Plaxico also gave the team grief this off-season demanding that his contract be re-negotiated. Burress would eventually get his wish, landing a new deal with New York.
With the rest of his playing season decided, Plaxico can focus on defending the charges against him. He faces a potential of 3.5 to 15 years in prison if convicted on the illegal weapons charge. The team for their part has been offering words of encouragement and concern for their teammate. The Giants have managed to stay focused on the field with an 11-1 record on the year.
Despite losing key pieces to their dominant defense in Michael Strahan (retirement) and Osi Umenyiora (injury) the New York Giants defense was on point against the Washington Redskins on opening night. The Giants held the Redskins to just 7 points and 209 total yards. Washington’s offense was only 3 for 13 on 3rd down conversions giving punter Durant Brooks a nice workout.
The Giants did all of their offensive damage in the 1st half, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive adding 3 field goals on their next 3 possessions. Plaxico Burress who had just signed an improved contract with the Giants had a great receiving night with 10 receptions good for 133 total yards.
Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress of the New York Giants said today that he will report to camp for the team despite not being happy with his current contract situation. Burress already missed five team meetings at a Giants mini-camp and was fined over $40,000 for those actions. Plax says he will show up this time but feels he is owed more money given the recent contracts awarded to Terrell Owens and Randy Moss.
Burress doesn’t want to be a distraction to the Giants like former teammate Jeremy Shockey. Shockey who was traded to the Saints on Monday, was unhappy about his role with the Giants offense. The Giants would love to put an end to off-season distractions so they can focus on defending their Super Bowl title. It will be an uphill battle to repeat for the Giants in 2008-2009 given the loss of Michael Strahan and Jeremy Shockey. To do it without Plaxico Burress would be nearly impossible.
2008-2009 Giants tickets are now available. The Giants will begin their regular season at home against the Washington Redskins. The Giants will have a pre-season rematch with their Super Bowl opponent New England Patriots on August 23rd at Giants Stadium.
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