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Burress practices for the first time

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Plaxico Burress was back on the practice field with a pass coming his way.

He reached out and grabbed it for a short gain, his first catch in team drills since signing with the New York Jets.

And, boy, did it feel good.

"I think it went pretty well," Burress said Wednesday. "It feels like football and it felt great. It was pretty much everything I expected to feel, just to get back out there and kind of get in a groove and participate in every drill."

Burress participated in about a dozen team drills after being limited by a sprained left ankle. He also made a nice one-handed grab along the sideline during 1-on-1 drills.

"I just feel from here, I'll try to increase the reps day in and day out," he said, "and just keep putting the practices together, and just see what happens."

Coach Rex Ryan was so happy with what he saw, he declared that Burress will see action in the team's next preseason game against Cincinnati on Sunday.

"I think he'll be in there," Ryan said. "Without question, I think he'll be in there."

Burress worked with the first-team offense Wednesday during 11-on-11 drills, his first significant practice action since signing with the Jets on July 31 after serving 20 months in prison on a gun charge.

"I don't see why I shouldn't be full go [Sunday]," he said.

The wide receiver rolled the ankle while running routes with Santonio Holmes two weeks ago. It was believed to be a minor injury, but the swelling was slow to subside and the Jets sent Burress for an MRI exam, which revealed what he called "a classic tweak, a classic sprain."

The Jets' doctors recommended Burress not fly with the team to Houston for its preseason opener because the altitude could affect the swelling. So, he stayed back and had constant treatment on the ankle to ensure he would be able to take the field Wednesday.

"I barely was able to watch the game with all the treatment they were giving me," he said. "I mean, they had a notebook schedule. I was like, 'This is pretty intense.' I was getting treatment like every hour, every two hours.

"I'm walking around here half the day with a frozen ankle."

Before Wednesday's practice, Burress had participated in only four team drills, and none since last Monday. So, getting through this session was a significant step forward.


Around the league

*Carolina coach Ron Rivera says Cam Newton will start at quarterback for the Panthers in Friday's preseason game.

*Ndamukong Suh has been fined a third time for roughing up three different quarterbacks in less than a year. The Detroit Lions defensive tackle doesn't plan to change his game.

"Not by any means," he said Wednesday after he was fined $20,000 by the NFL for a hit on Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton last week.

*Free-agent receiver Terrell Owens told earlier this week that he's ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn ACL, and hopes to contribute to an NFL team early this season.

*New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck missed the end of practice on Wednesday because of a sore Achilles' tendon .

The defensive captain did not leave the field after he stopped working out and he downplayed the injury later.

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