New York Giants suspend WR Plaxico Burress

by Ryan R. Bonini on September 24, 2008 @ 05:15:17 PDT

 


Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports the New York Giants have suspended wide receiver Plaxico Burress for one game.

Burress, who received a new contract extension three weeks ago, failed to show up for work Monday, Sept. 22. He also did not respond to several phone calls by the team wanting him to explain the unexcused absence both Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The suspension takes place immediately, meaning Burress will not play against the Seattle Seahawks Oct. 5. The Giants have a Week 4 bye, and Burress will lose two weeks' worth of pay.

Burress has 18 receptions for 259 yards and one touchdown through three games, so fantasy football owners of him will have to move on without one of their starting receivers. It would have had to happen either way during Week 4, as the team is off. Next week, however, will provide fantasy owners with more options, as only four teams are on a bye rather than six, like this week.

As for the Giants, this suspension probably came at the best time. They have two weeks to prepare for their next opponent knowing that Burress will not be part of the equation. Wide receiver Domenik Hixon will likely step into the starting job in Burress' place for the week while receivers Steven Smith and Sinorice Moss are asked to pick up their games.

Hixon, who has caught six balls for 89 yards, showed a strong rapport with quarterback Eli Manning during the preseason and should be an adequate fill-in opposite Amani Toomer in the starting lineup. Smith is third on the team amongst receivers in receptions (11) and yardage (94) and could see his number called more out of the slot, too.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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