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Burress carrying a Giant grudge

He criticizes Coughlin, Manning in article

Associated Press / September 10, 2011

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Plaxico Burress is critical of Giants coach Tom Coughlin, quarterback Eli Manning, and fans for the way they reacted when he was sent to prison on a gun charge in the October issue of Men’s Journal.

Burress said in an interview with the magazine a few weeks before he signed with the Jets in July that he wished Coughlin had shown some concern when he met with him after accidentally shooting himself in the leg in November 2008. He saw the Giants coach on television commenting on the situation “and the first words out his mouth was ‘sad and disappointing.’ ’’

“I’m like, forget support - how about some concern?’’ Burress said. “I did just have a bullet in my leg. And then I sat in his office, and he pushed back his chair and goes, ‘I’m glad you didn’t kill anybody!’ Man, we’re paid too much to be treated like kids. He doesn’t realize that we’re grown men and actually have kids of our own.’’

He also told the magazine, which hits newsstands next week, that Coughlin is “not a real positive coach.’’

“You look around the league, the Raheem Morrises and Rex Ryans - when their player makes a mistake, they take ’em to the side and say, ‘We’ll get ‘em next time,’ ’’ Burress said. “But Coughlin’s on the sideline going crazy, man. I can’t remember one time when he tried to talk a player through not having a day he was having.’’

Coughlin said yesterday that he wasn’t aware of Burress’s comments. “I’m sure it was lots of grandiose statements,’’ he said.

Burress also said he was disappointed Manning never visited him or tried to communicate with him while he served his 20-month prison sentence.

“I was always his biggest supporter, even days he wasn’t on, ’cause I could sense he didn’t have thick skin,’’ Burress said. “Then I went away, and I thought he would come see me, but nothing, not a letter, in two years. I thought our relationship was better than that.’’

The article mentions how Burress was nearly robbed at his home in Totowa, N.J., a few days before the incident and how the murder of his friend and former Washington defensive back Sean Taylor helped shape his decision to carry a handgun - and how he nearly left his gun in his car that night.

“I had a conscience about it - but said, ‘Nope, I’m takin’ it with me,’ ’’ he said. “And that changed my life.’’

While in prison, Burress said he was treated “like a axe murderer,’’ and got many letters from people that were less than positive.

Burress said he now gets loads of positive letters from people, a complete change from what he was getting just a few months ago.

“It’s like I’m more popular now for shooting myself than winning a Super Bowl!’’ he said. “Maybe they see a guy who made a mistake, but didn’t hurt no one but himself.’’

Colston may miss 4 weeks Saints receiver Marques Colston could miss about four weeks with a broken collar bone, a person familiar with the situation said.

Saints coach Sean Payton acknowledged that Colston was banged up in the final seconds of New Orleans’ 42-34 loss at Green Bay Thursday night. However, Payton said he would not provide details until the Saints’ next injury report is due on Wednesday.

Colston had six catches for 81 yards against the Packers, but also fumbled, setting up Green Bay’s second touchdown. His final catch was a diving grab in the waning seconds in which he landed hard on his right shoulder. The reception helped the Saints drive as close as a yard away from a potential game-tying score before Green Bay held on.

Packers cornerback Tramon Williams, who also failed to finish the game, was diagnosed with a bruised shoulder. Coach Mike McCarthy said no timeline has been established for Williams’s return but added the outlook is “positive’’ and the injury didn’t seem severe.

Manning doing well Peyton Manning’s doctors said his third neck surgery in 19 months went “very well, without complication’’ and that his prognosis for recovery is good. Father and son doctors Robert Watkins Sr. and Robert Watkins Jr., who performed Thursday’s surgery, issued the statement yesterday . . . Robert Gallery (sprained right knee) and Sidney Rice (shoulder) two of Seattle’s big offseason acquisitions, are likely to be out when the Seahawks open the season tomorrow at San Francisco . . . Running back Marion Barber will miss tomorrow’s game against the Falcons because of a left calf injury that has plagued him since the third preseason game . . . The Cowboys agreed to a five-year contract extension with nose tackle Jay Ratliff that will keep him with the team through the 2017 season . . . The Lions ruled cornerback Alphonso Smith out for tomorrow’s season opener at Tampa Bay while he continues to recover from a broken left foot . . . Redskins safety LaRon Landry was ruled out of tomorrow’s season opener against the Giants because of a hamstring injury.

Jacobs, Wilkerson fined Giants running back Brandon Jacobs was fined $20,000 and Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson $10,000 by the NFL for fighting during the teams’ preseason game last month. The two were ejected after shoving each other in the second half of the Jets’ 17-3 win on Aug. 29 . . . The NFL suspended Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller for two games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, and fined him $47,000. The suspension stems from Moeller being found guilty of a driving while impaired by alcohol charge last spring . . . Bears safety Winston Venable said he will appeal a $20,000 fine he received for a preseason hit on Browns receiver Demetrius Williams . . . Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon was remembered in Lutz, Fla., as a ferocious football player whose gentleness and commitment to helping people off the field defined him as a man. The 1979 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and former University of South Florida athletic director died last Sunday, two days after suffering a stroke. He was 56. A second funeral will be held today in Oklahoma City, near the small town of Eufaula, where Selmon was born . . . California’s state Senate sent Gov. Jerry Brown bipartisan legislation intended to speed up construction of a possible NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, shrugging off concerns that it could draw a team from elsewhere in California.

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