Reports: Burress Is Indicted by Grand Jury

Former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress could face jail time following an incident at a nightclub last year.
Former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress could face jail time following an incident at a nightclub last year. (By Louis Lanzano -- Associated Press)
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A grand jury reportedly has voted to indict former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress on charges stemming from the incident last November in which he accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York nightclub.

The grand jury reportedly decided not to indict Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce.

According to several reports, Burress was indicted on felony charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment in the second degree. The weapon possession charge is punishable by 3 1/2 to 15 years in jail.

Pierce's attorney, Michael Bachner, told ESPN he'd been informed by the Manhattan district attorney's office that the grand jury had voted not to indict Pierce on a weapon charge.

Robert M. Morgenthau, the Manhattan district attorney, had said prosecutors believe Burress should spend time in jail, whether through a conviction or plea deal. No plea agreement has been reached so far.

Burress is a free agent after being released by the Giants.

He also faces potential disciplinary action by the NFL under its personal conduct policy.

Burress and Pierce testified last week before a Manhattan grand jury.

Pierce accompanied Burress to the nightclub and allegedly was in possession of the gun after the shooting. Pierce reported to training camp with the Giants on Sunday in Albany, N.Y.

John Mara, the team's co-owner, had expressed support for Pierce last week, saying in a written statement that charges against Pierce were unwarranted. Coach Tom Coughlin had said Sunday that the club was fully supportive of Pierce.

-- EAGLES: There is a report that middle linebacker Stewart Bradley suffered a potential season-ending knee injury. Philadelphia radio station WIP reported Bradley torn his anterior cruciate ligament during a practice Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles have not confirmed the report. Bradley reportedly was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Monday.

Philadelphia also came to terms with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on a five-year contract, ending the first-round pick's holdout. The deal was announced late Monday night. Financial terms weren't released.

-- PACKERS: Twitter might be threatening to take over the NFL as well as the rest of the world, but it apparently won't happen in Green Bay.

According to several reports, Packers running back Ryan Grant has indicated Coach Mike McCarthy has threatened to fine any players who post on their Twitter account while on the job. The fine reportedly would be $1,701.

-- Mark Maske

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