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Schwartz: Plaxico Burress Back On Practice Field With Jets

(credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

(credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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By Peter Schwartz
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After missing Monday’s pre-season opener with a sprained left ankle, WR Plaxico Burress was back on the practice field at training camp on Wednesday. Aside from a few plays last week, Burress took part in team drills for the first time since signing with Gang Green.

Burress was on the field for 12 of 22 plays during 11 on 11 team drills but did not take part in the 2 minute drill. He had one pass thrown his way during team drills. With Antonio Cromartie on coverage, Burress made a reception on a hitch route near the left sideline and cut to the middle and up the field.

During individual drills, Burress made a spectacular one handed catch going up and using his entire 6’5” frame.

After practice, head coach Rex Ryan declared that Plaxico was back and Burress said he expects to play Sunday against the Bengals.

Center Nick Mangold practiced. Head coach Rex Ryan expects that Mangold (stinger) will play Sunday but he will be monitored throughout the week.

DT Sione Pouha did not practice because of a knee injury.

Newly signed LB Aaron Maybin also participated in a few plays. The Jets signed former the former Bills 1st round pick to a 1-year deal. A bust in Buffalo after being taken 11th overall in 2009, Maybin will be used as a pass rusher.

However, there’s a small problem with that. In 27 games with the Bills, Maybin did not record any sacks. It may turn out to be a waste of time, but the Jets risk very little in taking a flyer on him.

In other Jets news…

Guard Brandon Moore (hip) took part in individual drills but not in team drills. He is doubtful for Sunday against the Bengals.

Linebacker Bart Scott did not practice because of a lower leg injury and will be monitored throughout the week.

Backup QB Mark Brunell is not being ruled out, but he is still nursing a dislocated finger.

Offensive lineman Robert Turner has a broken leg and will undergo surgery this week. At that time, it will be determined how long he’ll be out but reports say he could be sidelined 8-10 weeks.

The Jets waived WR Cordarol Scales (what a great name!) and CB Richard Taylor.

FROM CB TO QB?

I thought this was a funny sight during the morning walkthrough as Darrelle Revis was “under center” calling out offensive signals and mimicking a quarterback. I don’t know if Revis ever played quarterback in organized football but given his athletic ability, would you be surprised if he could sling a few passes?

Don’t worry Jets fans! It may have just been a goof or maybe he was just showing off his leadership abilities after recently being named a captain.

CLOSED TODAY, OPEN TOMORROW

Wednesday’s practice was supposed to be open to fans but was closed to the public.

Perhaps it was because Plaxico Burress made his return but it was off limits to the general public. Don’t worry! Thursday and Friday’s practices are open to the public!

That’s all for now! The Jets return to the practice field on Thursday. Check back soon for more!