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Plaxico Burress back to the Giants? Not likely

There has been some buzz today about a report the Giants would consider bringing back Plaxico Burress once his prison sentence on weapons possession charges is complete.

But while the Giants wouldn't rule it out completely, it's tough to imagine the team welcoming the receiver back.

Giants general manager Jerry Reese said the team has had no internal discussions about bringing Burress back. Not only that, but it's widely known within the organization that head coach Tom Coughlin, who frequently butted heads with Burress, would resist any move to have Burress rejoin the team. One source familiar with the Giants' situation told me he couldn't see Burress coming back with Coughlin still coaching the team.

"I say what I always say about personnel: We'll investigate everything. We keep all our options open, so that's basically soup to nuts how I feel about that. It's nothing I haven't said about anybody." 

Reese said "there haven't been any formal conversations about [Burress], other than wishing him the best."

When asked to quantify his level of interest in Burress once his sentence ended, Reese said: "I can't characterize that. We treat everybody who is available the same, whether it's Plaxico Burress or Jerry Reese of UT-Martin." 

Reese was a former University of Tennessee at Martin quarterback. He did not play in the NFL. 

"Everybody's available, we investigate it and see how it fits in with the Giants."

Burress was sentenced last year to a two-year prison sentence in connection with an incident in November, 2008 in which his gun went off at a New York nightclub. Burress suffered an injured thigh and was subsequently released from the team. Burress turns 33 on Aug. 12.

Burress has previously attempted to be freed from prison on a work-release program, but has been denied. According to today's report in the New York Post, a person who has visited Burress at the Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, NY said Burress might be approved for a work-release program within two or three weeks.

Burress might face further sanctions from the NFL once he applies for reinstatement, so it's uncertain just when he'd be available to any team.

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