The New York Jets were back to practice getting ready to try and save the season for the game this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at Metlife Stadium. All were back in this short week looking to improve and get better EXCEPT for Plaxico Burress:
No sign of Burress at practice. Awfully thin receiving corps in positional drills. #Jets11/21/11 12:56 PM
Wide receiver Plaxico Burress was not present at practice either, although his absence had nothing to do with a lower back injury that has plagued him for the better part of the past two months.
Head coach Rex Ryan said that his wide receiver missed practice due to personal reasons.
“This was a while ago,” Ryan said of Burress’ request. “He had a personal day today and tomorrow.”
Reports later confirmed that Burress was in Virginia Beach, Va. at an event at his old school.
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11/21/11 3:35 PM
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@e_man’s Take – It’s no secret that the Jets are in dire straits with basically giving up the division to the New England Patriots by losing their last two games. Even more concerning is that the Jets MUST play perfect ball and get some help from other teams in order to even make the playoffs.
You would think that all the players would be locked in, practicing hard and showing unity that they need to correct the ship NOW. So I hear that Plaxico doesn’t even show up to practice and my first thought is his back is acting up again, later to find out that he took two personal days.
First, I didn’t know you could request personal days WAY IN ADVANCE. Second, you would think that even though Plax requested this, it’s Rex decision to revoke it. Look, if the Jets wins one of those last games, we are not talking about this and it’s no big deal.
Now after learning WHY Plaxico was taking off, I understand that helping the poor is a noble thing, but couldn’t he still have done this on the weekend (that we didn’t play a game on)?
BUT if you look at the history of Plaxico through the years, he never really likes to practice. Does this give him the perception of being one of those wide receivers with an attitude? Maybe not, but in a recent Forbes poll, Plax was the 2nd most hated player in the NFL. Fair or not, this only adds to the perception.
Am I making a bigger deal or do you kind of feel the same way?
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