Giants end Plaxico Burress’s season

The New York Giants effectively ended Plaxico Burress’s season by placing him on the non-football injury list.

Plaxico BurressThe New York Giants fined and suspended Burress on Tuesday for four games — the rest of the regular season — after he accidentally shot himself in the right thigh over the weekend at a Manhattan nightclub. The team also placed him on the reserve non-football injury list, which means the wide receiver couldn’t come back for playoffs, either.

The team punished Burress a day after he was charged with illegal weapons possession, which carries a penalty of 3 1/2 to 15 years in prison. He is due back in court on March 31.

Burress arrived at Giants Stadium on Tuesday morning, and met individually with Giants president John Mara, general manager Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin. He left for a medical test and returned in the afternoon for another brief session with team officials.

“As we have said since Saturday morning, our concern is for Plaxico’s health and well-being,” Mara said. “This is an important time for him to take care of his body and heal up and also deal with the very serious legal consequences and other issues in his life. When I spoke with Plaxico he expressed great remorse for letting down his teammates.”

I applaud the Giants because they always think team-first. They realized that Burress would be a potential distraction for the remainder of the season and throughout the playoffs and they don’t need that in their quest for another title. At the same time, they’re a solid organization so I would be willing to bet that they support Burress as he goes through the legal process he’s about to face (his hearing is set for March).

The Giants are an organization that the Cincinnati Bengals should model themselves after.

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