Turns out Plaxico Burress won't be making his Jets' preseason debut on Monday after all.
The Jets decided Burress' left ankle might swell up on the flight to Houston for Monday's matchup with the Texans due to the altitude, and plan to leave him here so he can get more treatment on what Burress calls a "classic sprain."
Burress, who rolled the ankle last Tuesday, went in for a precautionary MRI this morning, confirming the sprained ankle. He's expected to be shut down until Wednesday, when the Jets resume practicing following their nationally televised preseason opener.
“Just a classic tweak, classic sprain," Burress said. "Nothing serious. I think we all knew exactly what it was: a little irritation, a little soreness. That’s about it.”
Rex Ryan said Burress feels better today than he has since the initial injury, but the Jets plan on continuing their conservative approach.
"We’re trying to get Plaxico at 100 percent," Ryan said, "so what we’ll do is he’ll come out Wednesday, we assume he will be 100 percent then if we back off him completely now."
Burress participated in Friday morning's walkthrough, but that's been the extent of the practice time for the veteran 6-foot-5 wide receiver for the better part of the past three days. Burress was in on a few plays in team drills on Monday, but was held out of practice on Tuesday when there was some, as Ryan put it, expected swelling of Buress' ankle.
"I believe it had a lot to do with the style of show I was wearing," Burress said. "They told me to get rid of that low top shoe that they give away and told me go back to something more supportive. So we think that probably had a little more to do with it. But as far as it looks and the way it feels, it gets better every day. I know we are headed in the right direction."
Ryan maintained that he's not concerned about Burress' ankle, explaining the wideout could play if this were an actual regular-season situation.
"I probably never handled it the best way," Ryan said. "I think we were all anxious to see him out there, but again, I want to see him out there at 100 percent, not at 80 percent or whatever. If we had to play a game, he would play, he would definitely play. That's the way we would approach it.
"He wants to go, but it's 'let's just hold you out here,' and I think it's the smart thing to do."
Burress agrees they shouldn't chance it, even if he's sure he'd be able to go against the Texans.
“I was expecting to play on Monday until he told me I wasn’t," Burress said. "I was anxious to get out with the guys andget my feet wet with some action. But he was like ‘I want you to come backWednesday.’ I think they know I want to be out there. He does have a point. It’sthe preseason — we have a month to get it 100 percent. Let’s just do it theright way the first time.”