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Around The AFC North: Steelers Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress Tears Rotator Cuff

The Steelers suffered a somewhat significant loss on Thursday with the news that veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress tore his rotator cuff.

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An unfortunate truth about the NFL and preseason games is that significant injuries are bound to occur. It's the nature of the game and in matchups that have zero bearing on a team's standing in the regular season, one unfortunate incident can change the complexion of a team's roster and upcoming season. Other times, these injuries occur in a practice setting, which is even more frustrating.

Such is the case with veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress. During a Thursday practice, Burress landed on his shoulder while attempting to make a catch. Apparently, Burress landed awkwardly enough to tear his rotator cuff. It's a tough break for a guy who looks to be in his twilight years in the NFL.

Though Burress wasn't likely to be heavily featured in the Steelers offense this year, it's possible that his role would have increased from 2012 with the departure of Mike Wallace to the Dolphins. Last season, Burress appeared in only four games, had three catches and one touchdown. He signed a one-year deal this offseason.