Jets' Burress won't play Monday night, to have MRI


Jets' Burress won't play Monday night, to have MRI

By Phil Perry

Rex Ryan hit on a few questionable acquisitions last season -- Santonio Holmes and LaDanian Tomlinson, to name a couple -- but right now, the gamble Ryan and the Jets took on Plaxico Burress looks like a swing and a miss.

Burress, who was signed at the start of training camp, will be shut down until Wednesday after aggravating an ankle injury during practice Thursday, according to the New York Daily News. He's scheduled to have an MRI and will miss the team's first preseason game of the season on Monday against the Texans. He won't even fly to Houston with the Jets because there's a fear his ankle could bothered on the flight.

Burress, 34, is trying to return to football after spending two years in prison and has not shown an ability to withstand even the most basic training camp activities. He has not practiced regularly, and the reps he has taken haven't been at full speed.

At this rate, it's hard to believe that the Jets can count on him to start the season. He hasn't been tackled in a game situation in almost three years, and he still can't stay on the field. Yet, Burress is currently listed on the Jets' depth chart as a starting wide receiver, alongside Holmes and ahead of newly signed veteran wideout Derrick Mason.

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”