Burress missed today's practice because he was in North Carolina to have his sore right ankle examined by a specialist.
Burress and Ronnie Barnes, the Giants' Vice President of Medical Services, are in Charlotte, N.C. to meet with foot and ankle orthopedic specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. On the recommendation of team physical Russell Warren, Burress is being examined by Anderson so the specialist can offer advice on how to best manage Burress' ongoing issues with his right ankle.
Coach Tom Coughlin said the decision to have Anderson examine Burress was made because the effects of the injury have lingered for eight weeks.
"He really didn't practice a whole lot last week," Coughlin said. "And then, of course, when he plays, it gets sore again, and it has been a kind of a continuous nagging thing. So he is going to have it evaluated by Dr. Anderson.
"Hopefully (we will get) some further recommendation as to what can be done to relieve the issue. Plaxico actually the other day said to us that he has to practice. He has got to practice. He is not practicing and he is coming into the games. To his credit he knows his assignments, but obviously he is not as sharp as he could be."
Burress sprained his right ankle when he came down after leaping to make a reception in a training camp practice Aug. 2. The ankle has since been sore. Burress missed the entire preseason schedule because of the ankle and other injuries and an illness. He had offseason arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, but it is the right ankle that has continued to bother him.
The eight-year veteran has been one of the Giants' best players in the early portion of the season. Burress' five touchdown receptions tie him with New England's Randy Moss for the NFL lead. Burress has caught 15 passes for 262 yards, a 17.5-yard average. Burress, Jeremy Shockey and Amani Toomer have each caught 15 passes, while running back Derrick Ward has 14 receptions.
Reporters pressed Coughlin about Burress' prognosis, with the range of questions covering whether he'll play Sunday night against Philadelphia to the potential for surgery.
"There is no more to say until we hear what the doctor says," Coughlin said. "I don't know what to tell you. He is going to have a further evaluation and they are going to try to tell him how to manage it better. But who knows what will happen?"
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