Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress to have shoulder surgery


Jul 27, 2013; Latrobe, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress (80) participates in drills during training camp at Saint Vincent College. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress will have surgery on Monday to repair what the team called a “significant shoulder injury.”

It has been reported by both ESPN and FOX Sports late Thursday that the surgery is to repair a torn rotator cuff. It could keep him out for the entire season.

Burress, 36, was injured when he went up for a ball and landed hard during team drills. He stayed on the field for a moment and then walked off under his own power. He was taken off the field later on a cart with his right shoulder wrapped.

The 6-foot-5 Burress played in two AFC championship games with the Steelers and then won a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2008.

Burress was working to be in the mix for a roster spot behind Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery and rookie Markus Wheaton. He spent the final six games last season with the Black and Gold, playing in four and finishing with three catches and one touchdown.