When Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for a news conference on Friday, it was only a matter of time before the name of Plaxico Burress was mentioned.
The Giants, in particular general manager Jerry Reese, have publicly left the door open about a possible return by Burress to the Giants in 2009. Burress has a court date in late March to face felony weapons charges. A possible league suspension is another matter.
For now, the Giants are playing the waiting game. Coughlin reiterated that it’s the Giants’ stance to let the legal process play out, but said it was difficult to know whether to count on Burress being back.
“I don’t know how you’d figure that,” Coughlin said. “For me, that’s not an easy thing to answer. I think to speculate is not a very smart move on my part. We’ll just see what happens at the end of March.”
Coughlin, who has not spoken to Burress recently but said other members of the organization have, didn’t have a lot to say about the situation due to the pending legal process, but said the team is already prepared for any distraction it will cause.
“The one thing I will say about our players is they’ve done a really good job of handling that particular situation,” Coughlin said. “They’ve shown outstanding professionalism. I wouldn’t expect that to be any different.”