Plaxico Burress tears rotator cuff in Steelers’ practice (updated)

August 9, 2013

Plaxico Burress suffered an injury that may threaten his season. (Keith Srakocic / AP)

Updated at 1:24 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress tore his rotator cuff during practice Thursday, an injury that could sideline him for the season.

Burress will undergo surgery Monday, with Coach Mike Tomlin calling the injury “significant” in a statement put out by the Steelers.

Burress walked off the field, then was carted off after landing awkwardly as he tried to make a catch, according to multiple reports. The injury may have larger significance, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports, with Burress turning 36 next week. He was competing with Jericho Cotchery for the Steelers’ last roster spot at WR.

He’d been out of football until the Steelers signed him last November. He appeared in four games and signed a one-year contract during the offseason. Over an 11-year career with the Steelers and New York Jets and Giants, he has caught 553 passes for 8,499 yards and 64 touchdowns.

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