Plax Vows to be Ready for Opener

ALBANY, N.Y. – Plaxico Burress will be back and ready to go for the season opener – and he predicted in much better physical condition as well. Burress spoke on Thursday for the first time since he returned to practice on a limited basis two days ago.

"If I'm not 100 percent, I'll be pretty close," Burress said of New York's Sept. 4 opener. "I'll be a lot further along than I was last year. If I'm not 100 percent, I'll be 95, 96 percent."

Burress, who took a few reps in individual drills during Tuesday evening's practice, said his feet were still "sore" from using the special orthotics in his cleats.

"That was the first time I really ran and played with them," he said. "It's just something that I'm going to have to get used to."

Burress, who stated that there was no pressure at all from the Giants to return to practice, preferred to categorize his ailing ankle as "soreness" rather than "injury."

The orthotics that Burress has been wearing both in his everyday footwear and football sneakers are to help him with what he said were his "extremely flat feet."

All Giants fans care about is that big number 17 is back out on the field wreaking havoc on opponents.

"I want to be out there pain-free," he said.

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