ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Plaxico Burress isn't practicing with the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, but says it's not a protest over the lack of a new contract. The veteran wide receiver says it's an injured ankle that is keeping him from taking part in training camp workouts.
There have been suspicions about Burress' injury because he refused to practice during a June minicamp over the team's decision not to give him a new deal. He has three years remaining on a pact that will pay him 3.25 million dollars this season. That's well below what the league's top receivers earn.
In his first interview since the start of camp, Burress says that he rolled his right ankle a couple of weeks ago while running to get in shape. He went to see a doctor in North Carolina and informed the team of his injury.
Team doctors examined Burress over the weekend and told coach Tom Coughlin (KAWF'-lin) the receiver might be ready to go by midweek. The coach described the injury as "structural."