Well, no surprise here. I don't think Burress plays another down for the Giants anyway.
When I spoke to someone with the club this week and asked if coach Tom Coughlin had tired of the wide receiver I was told, "he tired of him weeks ago." Translation: Burress was cooked.
The Giants had warned the guy that he was walking a fine line, with Coughlin suspending him earlier this season, but the message didn't seem to get through. Now Burress not only has thumbed his nose at them and New York City law, he brought linebacker Antonio Pierce into the mess with him. Pierce on Monday described it as "a headache," but it's much, much more -- as he and Burress are about to find out.
But Burress is where this all started, so it's where the Giants start by getting him out of their sight the rest of the season. Look, it's one thing to be a menace to yourself; it's another to affect -- or infect -- the rest of the team, and that seems to be what happened here.
I don't care that he and Pierce pal around together, but I do wonder what they're doing out at a nightclub at 1 a.m. two nights before a game. Burress wasn't going to play, but Pierce would. And did. Oh, yeah, there's also that matter of what in the world anyone is doing carrying a loaded gun into a nightclub.
At this point, I don't think the Giants care about answers. By putting him on the reserve/non-football injury list they don't have to pay the guy. I know his lawyer said Burress could play if he were allowed, but a league source told me that he would first have to pass a team physical ... and if he didn't this could happen. Well, it did, and Plaxico Burress has no one to blame but himself.
But this is just the beginning, folks. If you listened to New York mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday you heard someone who promises no restraint in pursuing this incident. The least of Burress' troubles are with the Giants. Now Burress can answer to the NFL and the city of New York, and good luck.
The Giants will miss him on the field, but Burress pushed them until Coughlin and the club could bend no farther. This isn't about what Plaxico Burress means to the locker room or the huddle; this is what he means to an organization that prides itself on doing the right thing. And the right thing here was ending his season now so Plaxico Burress can focus on what matters most -- and that's his future.