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Posted on: September 19, 2010 11:15 am

Burress: 'Can't go any lower than being here'

Posted by Will Brinson

Plaxico Burress hasn't made news in a while -- his work release was denied by the state of New York and for now, he sits and waits in prison.

Recently, the New York Daily News decided to sit with him , and find out how life is going for Burress right now. Predictably, it's not going well.

"You can't go any lower than being here, other than being in the ground," Burress says. "It's about as tough as it gets, on a personal level. You learn a lot about yourself. You try to think about the bigger picture, about life outside these walls. You just try to find a way to get through."

Honestly, I shiver a little when I think of what's happening with Burress now; not because I stick guns into my sweatpants and walk into nightclubs, but because a dumb decision that was based around self-protection somehow backfired into a two-year prison sentence. 

"You can't change history, no matter what you try to do," Burress says. "I didn't do anything to anybody. I did it to myself. I committed a crime. I broke the law. That's why I'm here. I can't do anything about it, so you have to try to change your outlook, think about positive things. If I'm so intent on going back to that moment, then I'm not making any progress. I'm not moving forward."

That's the precise sort of behavioral change that both Roger Goodell and the state of New York look for when they discuss (respectively) reinstatement and parole.

And while it might seem he's a long way from playing in the NFL, at least this week there's the well-timed ascension of Michael Vick to starter of the Eagles to at least provide a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 11:29 am
Edited on: August 5, 2010 2:38 pm

Plaxico Burress release in 2-3 weeks 'premature'

Posted by Will Brinson

Rumblings emerged yesterday that Plaxico Burress was scheduled to be released from prison within a few weeks , and that the Giants make 'take a look' at him.

The Giants might certainly be looking, but there's no reason to get too worked up about their interest: Plax's attorney, Peter Frankel, told the New York Daily News that the reports he'd be released within two-to-three weeks were "premature."

"That was somebody going to visit him, and saying he was hopeful he might be moved in two to three weeks, and suddenly that turned into 'He'll be out in two to three weeks,'" Frankel told the Daily News Wednesday. "We're respecting the process.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk countered the original report from yesterday, calling the claim of Plax's release "bogus" and it appears he was right -- if Burress' attorney is clamoring to let people know his client won't be out in that time span, it's safe to say we won't see him floating out of the free agent pool for a little bit longer.

Burress applied for a work release on July 2nd , his second time doing so since entering prison on a two year sentence.

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 3:05 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 3:32 pm

Giants might take a look at Plaxico Burress

If you thought the Giants had no interest in perhaps bringing back WR Plaxico Burress – who is serving a two-year prison stint for gun possession but is scheduled to be released in the next couple weeks – think again.

New York general manager Jerry Reese told the New York Post the team will investigate it.

"He says his body feels great and is free of pain for the first time in years," a source who has visited Burress tells the Post’s George Willis. "He's in good shape and he has handled everything well."

It’s obviously unclear what Burress, who turns 33 later this month, possibly has left. But it wouldn’t be outlandish to suggest Burress could help the Giants WR corps. Steve Smith is the team’s No. 1 WR, and Hakeem Nicks (whose MRI today revealed that his knee would be OK) and Mario Manningham are decent enough. Other than that, it wouldn’t be impossible for Burress to have a chance to contribute.

UPDATE (3:30 p.m.):
Pro Football Talk responds. One of Mike Florio's sources called the Post report "bogus" and that Burress might not be released in the next few weeks.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 10:25 pm

Burress requests work release again

According to the NY Daily News, Plaxico Burress has, for a second time, applied for work release. Burress is nine months into a two-year prison sentence on gun charges. The former star receiver’s lawyer, Peter Frankel, says six anti-violence groups have written letters requesting that Burress be released so that he can work for them. Burress, 32, originally applied for release in November but was denied. He unsuccessfully appealed that decision in January.

--Andy Benoit

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