Giants Suspend Burress for Season, Playoffs

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 2, 2008 5:40 PM CST
New York Giants' Plaxico Burress, left, leaves Manhattan Supreme Court after his arraignment, accompanied by lawyer Benjamin Brafman.   (David Karp)
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(Newser) – Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress is done for the year. The New York Giants fined and suspended Burress today for four games—the rest of the regular season—after he accidentally shot himself in the right thigh over the weekend at a Manhattan nightclub. The team also placed him on the reserve non-football injury list, which means the wide receiver couldn't come back for playoffs, either.

The team punished Burress a day after he was charged with illegal weapons possession, which carries a penalty of 3 1/2 to 15 years in prison. He is due back in court on March 31. Burress arrived at Giants Stadium on Tuesday morning, and met individually with Giants president John Mara, general manager Jerry Reese, and head coach Tom Coughlin. Burress had no immediate comment.