NFL: Steelers' Burress placed on IR, season likely over
August 14, 2013 10:55 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers put wide receiver Plaxico Burress on the injured reserve list Tuesday, likely ending his season.

The Steelers made the move Tuesday, a day after Burress turned 36.

Burress had surgery Monday morning to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Burress joined the NFL with Pittsburgh in 2000, and he spent the first six seasons of his career with the Steelers. He has 553 receptions for 8,499 yards and 64 touchdowns in the regular season with the Steelers, Giants and Jets. He played three games for Pittsburgh last season.

In the 2008 Super Bowl, Burress caught a 13-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds left to lift the Giants over the New England Patriots.

 

DRUG TESTING: The NFL Players Association “tentatively agreed” to let the league take 40 blood samples for HGH tests each week during the season, with a positive result drawing a four-game suspension, according to a memo the union sent players.

A copy of the NFLPA’s email, written in a question-and-answer format, was obtained by The Associated Press.

The memo says “a computer program will randomly select” five players apiece from eight teams each week to take the blood tests.

Beforehand, every player participating in NFL training camps this year will provide a blood sample and information about “height, weight, age, and race/ethnicity” for a “population study” to determine what level of HGH will result in penalties, the union wrote.

 

BROWNS: Trent Richardson doesn’t have to wait and wonder any longer. He’s finally going to play for the Browns in an NFL exhibition game.

Cleveland’s second-year star running back was thrilled to find out he’ll play in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions. Richardson was held out of last week’s opener against St. Louis by coach Rob Chudzinski as a precaution because the former first-round pick was still recovering from a shin injury.

Richardson missed the entire preseason as a rookie a year ago while recovering from knee surgery.

 

CHARGERS: Seeing Malcom Floyd crumpled on the ground with a knee injury, Philip Rivers thought he might have thrown his final pass to the 10-year veteran.

Floyd thought the same thing.

Floyd and the Chargers got good news when an MRI exam revealed a strained knee, not a more serious injury like the one that will sideline fellow starting wide receiver Danario Alexander for the year.

Floyd says the injury was scary, “but, you know, MRIs don’t lie.”

The Chargers don’t know when Floyd will return to the field following Monday’s injury.

 

CHIEFS: Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles sat out Chiefs practice on Tuesday after straining his right foot the previous day’s work out.

Charles was working with the No. 1 offense against the Chiefs’ first-team defense near the goal line when he walked toward the medical tent. He spent a couple minutes talking to trainers before climbing into a cart and being driven to the locker room.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said following the workout that Charles would play in Friday night’s preseason game against San Francisco only if he’s able.

Charles attended Tuesday’s practice but joined the rest of the injured Chiefs away from the practice field. He wasn’t wearing a boot and didn’t appear to be limping.

 

REDSKINS: Robert Griffin III took another shot at explaining his relationship with Mike Shanahan, making a surprise appearance in the Washington Redskins media room to proclaim that “there is no conflict” between quarterback and coach.

“Just want everybody to know if there’s any questions about if there’s a rift between me and Coach, or if there’s a conflict, there is no conflict,” Griffin said.

Griffin said comments he made during his weekly news conference Monday have been misinterpreted. On Monday, he said he didn’t like his restrictive practice plan and didn’t completely understand Shanahan’s reasoning behind it.

 

DOLPHINS: The Miami Dolphins team that achieved the only perfect season in NFL history will be honored by the White House next Tuesday, more than 40 years after the accomplishment. President Obama will welcome the 1972 Dolphins for the first White House ceremony honoring the only team to go 17-0. Hall of Fame coach Don Shula plans to accompany players from the team to the event.

“It’s a long time coming, but we’re finally getting there,” said linebacker Nick Buoniconti, another Hall of Famer.

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