Giants WR Burress reportedly set to play vs. Eagles

Sep 28, 2007 - 7:30 PM NEW YORK (Ticker) -- New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress will play against the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday, according to a report in the New York Daily News on Friday.

Burress, who has a severely sprained right ankle, returned Thursday from a visit with Dr. Robert Anderson to get a second opinion on the injury, the report said.

The newspaper reported that Anderson cleared Burress, saying that he could not do any further damage to the ankle. But Burress reportedly cannot practice every day and must rest the ankle as much as possible.

"I can't make it any worse, not from a structural standpoint," said Burress, who made it clear to the newspaper he will start against the Eagles. "I was a little scared because I didn't know what I was going to get. I was saying to myself, 'I hurt my ankle back on August 2, and an ankle sprain shouldn't be taking this long to heal.'

"But it is really one of the worst kind of ankle sprains you can have. I've just got to keep rehabbing and get it better."

The Giants' passing attack relies heavily on the 6-5 Burress, who creates mismatches on smaller cornerbacks. That was evident last Sunday in New York's 24-17 victory over the Washington Redskins, a win capped by Burress' 33-yard go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter.

Burress has been one of the league's most productive receivers this season, hauling in 15 receptions for 262 yards and five touchdowns in three games.

Burress is scheduled to face one of his favorite opponents this Sunday. With the Giants, Burress has 25 catches for 473 yards and four touchdowns vs. the Eagles, highlighted by a game-winning TD snag in an overtime victory in Week Two last year.

But despite the report, New York coach Tom Coughlin will not admit to penciling in Burress as a starter just yet.

"Plaxico is following the plan," Coughlin said. "Just try to get him to where he is feeling the best he can feel on Sunday. He still is doing all the different kind of shoes that were brought in, all the different types of insoles and things like that.

"He is still doing a lot with that, trying to find something that makes him feel the best."

The Giants also have been dealing with an injury to starting running back Brandon Jacobs, who sprained his right MCL in the season opener vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

Jacobs returned to practice on Friday but will be a game-time decision for Sunday's contest.

"He will stay questionable," Coughlin said. "In all likelihood it will come down to (deciding on Sunday morning)."






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