Antonio Pierce not indicted in Burress gun case

Antonio Pierce , center, walks off the field Antonio Pierce , center, walks off the field during the first day of Giants training camp in Albany. Photo Credit: Steve Jacobs

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Antonio Pierce will not face weapons possession charges for his role in November's accidental shooting of Plaxico Burress and its immediate aftermath.

A grand jury voted not to indict him, delivering a no bill.

 "As I said yesterday, we are anxious to start the new season, nobody more than Antonio," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "Today's decision allows him and this team to move forward and focus on our preparation for the season."

Burress, however, was indicted on the two felony weapons charges against him along with reckless endangerment.

Pierce testified last week at a grand jury proceeding in New York, offering his account of events in connection with Burress' self-shooting at a Manhattan nightclub in November. Pierce illegally transported Burress' gun to the former Giants receiver's home in New Jersey.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Pierce will not be suspended by the league.

"Antonio is a leader on this team, but he is still human, and this has been an emotionally draining experience for him, Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "We know he was happy to get to training camp yesterday, and with this behind him, he can focus all his energy and efforts on football. He took this matter very seriously."

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