Steelers' Burress tears rotator cuff

08/09/2013 1:58 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Plaxico Burress' NFL career could be in jeopardy after a season-ending injury.(AP)
Plaxico Burress' season- and his NFL career - may be over after the wide receiver tore his right rotator cuff during Steelers practice on Thursday.

Burress suffered the injury after landing awkwardly on his shoulder while trying to make a catch in practice; he left the field immediately after and later seen with his arm in a sling, according to, and while the team has not officially announced word on the extent of his injuries, a post attributed to head coach Mike Tomlin on the Steelers' Twitter account said that Burress "suffered a significant shoulder injury" and would have surgery on Monday.

Burress, who turns 36 on Monday, sat out most of last year as a free agent before returning to the team that drafted him last November; signing with the Steelers after several receivers were injured, Burress played in three games and made three catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

He had signed a one-year minimum deal to return to Pittsburgh this summer, and was competing with fellow ex-Jet Jerricho Cotchery and others for a backup role behind starting receivers Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders.

For his career, Burress has 553 catches for 8,499 yards and 64 touchdowns in 11 seasons with the Steelers, Giants, and Jets.

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