Sprained ankle sidelines Plaxico Burress

Plaxico Burress is on the sideline for the New York Jets.

The wide receiver, who was expected to begin practicing with his new team today, instead will sit out at least a day or two with a sprained ankle. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, coach Rex Ryan said “it’s not a significant injury.”

While we don’t doubt Ryan one bit here, this is part of the risk the team that signed Burress was going to run. He hasn’t played in an NFL game in nearly three calendar years. He wasn’t able to do the type of training NFL players need to do while he was locked up on handgun charges.

The Jets signed Burress to a $3.017 million, one-year contract hoping he can be a reliable possession receiver for Mark Sanchez and a target in the red zone. But expecting a lot from Burress might be a stretch. One veteran personnel man this summer said he wouldn’t touch Burress and it had nothing to do with off-field concerns. He predicted Burress was a pulled-hamstring-waiting-to-happen and that he figured the receiver would deliver a partial season, at best.

The good news is Burress will be back on the field soon.

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