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Plaxico tweaks ankle, won't practice

New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress signs

New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress signs autographs for fans at the end in Florham Park, N.J. (Aug. 2, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Plaxico is a no-go.

Rex Ryan's first up-close-and-personal look at Plaxico Burress will have to wait after the wide receiver tweaked his left ankle on Wednesday. The Jets were eager to see their new weapon in practice for the first time Thursday, but that all changed when Burrress' ankle swelled up overnight.

Burress was running routes on air Wednesday when he rolled the ankle, and the swelling forced team trainers to hold him out of Thursday afternoon's action as a precaution. Burress emphasized it's nothing serious and he expects to be able to hit the field with his new teammates for the first time relatively soon. 

"It was just a slight quick roll," Burress said following the Jets' walkthrough at the team's Florham Park, N.J. training complex. "When it happened, I didn’t have any tape on or anything like that. That was one of the things – I should have gotten taped up before I started running routes.

"But it’s nothing … I know it’s going to be one of the things where to everybody else on the outside, it’s going to be this huge thing. But it’s just a little swelling."

Initially, Burress didn't think much of it. He didn't feel any pain and continued on.

"Actually when I did it, I kept running routes," he said. "Maybe I should’ve shut it down right then. But I just wanted to keep working, just trying to stay sharp. Maybe when I tweaked it, I should have iced it at that point. But maybe me just keeping working, and keeping going made it a little bit worse. I woke up this morning, and had a little swelling and they just told me to shut it down for a day or two."

After not playing for two years while serving time in prison upstate on weapons charges, Burress is champing at the bit to get to work. Yet at the same time, he seemed at peace with the minor setback, explaining it's nothing when you consider the road he's traveled. 

"It’s a little frustrating, but I say to myself everything that I’ve been through, I’ve learned so much patience and just let everything take its course," Burress said. "Nobody wants to get out there more than me and I want to go, but they are just saying take it easy, let’s let the swelling go down and we’ll get you out there in a couple of days."

Still, if this were the regular season and the Jets had a game this week, Burress would've played.

"Oh without a doubt," he said, his voice raising for emphasis. "Without a doubt. I would’ve practiced today, but like I said, man, they are telling me to just relax. They know I’m excited and I’ve got to listen to what they say, man."

Meanwhile, he'll take this unexpected down time to continue learning all the terminology of Brian Schottenheimer's offense. 

"I plan on once I get out there, just getting right on down to business," Burress said. "So this day or two or whatever it may be, I’m just going to get in my playbook and soak up more information so I can play that much more faster."


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