Lolley: Plax still leaves his mark

Here we are, midway through the Steelers' "voluntary" offseason workouts with nary a hint of controversy.

In fact, things have been so slow around the Steelers this offseason, the biggest story – or non-story, depending on your point of view – has been quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's helmet-free riding of motorcycles.

Wow. Film at 11.

Where's Plaxico Burress when you need him?

Just when you start asking yourself that question, the perPlexing one crops up in a news story regarding unpaid taxes on his former home, though there does seem to be some question regarding the years in which Burress was actually in the Pittsburgh area.

According to the complaint, Burress owes back taxes to the Moon School District from 1998 through 2002, an interesting time frame considering Burress wasn't drafted by the Steelers until 2000.

Maybe Burress agreed to pay back taxes owed on his residence, although it's more likely the court didn't realize Burress wasn't in the area at that time. He did have a tendancy to disappear at inopportune times.

So unless Burress and agent Drew Rosenhaus work something out, Burress will be arrested and could be fined $2,500 the next time he sets foot in Pennsylvania. Circle that Giants at Eagles game Dec. 11 on your calendars bitter Steelers fans.
  • As for the current Steelers, they were all in camp and accounted for this week. Joey Porter and Kimo von Oelhoffen had get out of jail free cards for the first week of camp, but were there for week 2.

    Heck, even Jerome Bettis practiced this week.

    Like I said, film at 11.

  • A report by ESPN suggest the aforementioned Burress and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger were drawing up their own plays last season, much to the chagrin of the Steelers' coaching staff.

    If that were the case, why didn't Burress catch more than the 32 passes he did last season? OK, I know he missed five games, but he still averaged less than three receptions per game.

    Considering he averaged 4.9 catches per game in 2002 and 3.75 in 2003, both with Tommy Maddox at quarterback, it's hard for me to believe there's any truth to the story.

  • You know you've already seen enough football when the Steelers unveil that triple threat lineup that includes Heath Miller, Jerame Tuman and Matt Cushing on the field at the same time – and they throw the football.

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