The Giants fined and suspended Burress for four games on Tuesday, four days after he accidentally shot himself in the right thigh at a Manhattan nightclub. He was officially placed on the reserve non-football injury list, which restricts him from practicing or returning to the teams's active roster for the remainder of the season -- including the playoffs.
Plaxico Burress timeline
June 12: Fined $25,000 for refusing to practice at mandatory minicamp.
Aug. 19: Wife called police over domestic dispute; granted temporary restraining order.
Sept. 4: Signed a five-year, $35 million contract.
Oct. 5: Suspended two weeks, one game (vs. Seattle) and fined $117,500 for missing a team meeting.
Oct. 19: Fined $45,000 for verbally abusing a referee and throwing a ball into stands.
Oct. 26: Benched for first quarter vs. the Steelers after missing a mandatory treatment session.
Nov. 28: Accidentally shot himself in right thigh at a New York nightclub.
Nov. 29: Is treated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and discharged.
Dec. 1: Posts $100,000 bail on weapons possession charges.
Dec. 2: Suspended four games for conduct detrimental to the team.
Even as they suspended him for conduct detrimental to the team, Giants officials expressed concern for Burress.
"As we have said since Saturday morning, our concern is for Plaxico's health and well-being," Mara said. "This is an important time for him to take care of his body and heal up and also deal with the very serious legal consequences and other issues in his life. When I spoke with Plaxico he expressed great remorse for letting down his teammates."
Burress, who posted $100,000 bail on Monday, was charged on two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which could result in a prison sentence of 3 1/2 to 15 years, if convicted. Burress is due back in court again on March 31, unless he reaches a plea agreement.
Burress retuned to the stadium at approximately 3:15 p.m., at which point he was informed by Reese that he had been placed on reserve/injury list and suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.
Neither Burress nor his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was immediately available for comment.
Dr. Scott Rodeo, a team physician, examined Burress and told the Giants that the gunshot wound would have sidelined the 31-year-old player for 4-to-6 weeks anyway.
"The decision we made today regarding Plaxico's roster status was based on the examination of Plaxico by our team physician," Reese said. "Dr. Rodeo believes Plaxico would be out at least four to six weeks with the gunshot wound. I had two conversations with Plaxico today, and it was obvious that he understood the magnitude of this situation. He knows that we are here to support him and help him get healthy."
"I had two conversations with Plaxico today, and it was obvious that he understood the magnitude of this situation," Reese said Tuesday. "He knows that we are here to support him and help him get healthy."
This is the second time the Giants have suspended the troubled receiver this season. He missed the Oct. 2 game against Seattle for missing a team meeting. He also has been fined dozens of times since 2005 for violating team rules, and he was hit with a $45,000 fine by the league this season for abusing an official and throwing a ball into the stands during a game.
Fines in the NFL typically mean a player loses a paycheck for each game he misses. In Burress' case, that would mean roughly $206,000 per regular season game. He also was due to receive $1 million from his signing bonus on Dec. 10. It was not immediately clear whether the team still had to make the payment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report