Until now, the biggest question was how much motivation Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress would have going up against his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. But now the biggest question about Sunday’s game involves Burress’ status.
Burress did not practice Thursday, and instead went to a local hospital to undergo a series of tests on his neck that didn’t reveal any significant problems.
“There’s nothing (with the) bone, no vertebra or anything like that,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters. “He’s very sore, a little stiff today, so the reason all the tests were made is he continued to have the stiff neck and issues along those lines. We thought it was down in the trap (trapezius muscle), where it started from so we wanted to rule everything out. All I got was there was nothing of the nature of any kind of vertebra or anything like that. It’s all muscle.”
Asked if Burress were a question mark for Sunday versus the Steelers, Coughlin said: “We’ll see. We’ll have to see how he does tomorrow.”
The good injury news for the Giants was that linebacker Antonio Pierce returned to practice after missing Sunday’s game against San Francisco with a quadriceps strain.
“A couple days off always helps,” Pierce said. “Obviously I woke up Sunday morning and I felt like I could play and I felt a lot better than I did on Friday, but between the coaches and training staff it wasn’t the best thing for me to do so I sat out the game and when the week went on this week I felt better.”
Now Pierce, like the rest of the world champions, is getting ready for the most appealing matchup of the weekend.
“We are playing the Steelers, we are excited; they are a 5-1 team, they are physical, they have a good defense, a great offense, so it is going to be a challenge,” Pierce said. “I think if anything it is going to be a challenge to us both physically and mentally so we are excited to be out there ready to play.”