Season Over For WR Plaxico Burress With Torn Rotator Cuff

Pittsburgh Steelers Plaxico Burress

The Steelers had better get to the regular season, or they may not have many players left.

On the same day the team found out they lost TE Matt Spaeth, the team also lost veteran wide out Plaxico Burress to a torn rotator cuff.

Buress will have surgery on Monday, and the 35-year-old may call it a career as he’s not sure if he will try a comeback from the injury.

The vet was set to complete for the Steelers third WR job behind Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, and was going back and forth with Jericho Cotchery trying to get playing time.

Burress came back to the Steelers after leaving them after the 2004 season, playing in a handful of games last season when they were short at wide out.

The same day Mike Wallace inked with the Dolphins, Burress signed a deal with the Steelers for one season.

Last season Burress caught just three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown vs the Browns in the season finale. Burress in that last game of the year had two grabs for 24 yards.

Now with Burress gone, it could open the door for more looks for rookie draft pick Markus Wheaton, and also free agents Reggie Dunn and Kashif Moore.

Dunn was named to the All-Pac-12 first team while at Utah last season.

Mike Tomlin spoke about Burress after the session Friday.

“During Thursday’s practice, Plaxico suffered what appears to be a significant shoulder injury. He is scheduled for surgery on Monday, and we will re-evaluate the injury at that time. I will provide an update as soon as more information becomes available.”

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