ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The New York Giants got a scare on Saturday when wide receiver Plaxico Burress was taken off the field during their first practice session after injuring his right knee.

However, the injury was diagnosed as a hyperextended knee, and the Giants’ major offseason acquisition was back on the field in the afternoon.

Burress was hurt when he went up for a long sideline pass from backup quarterback Jesse Palmer.

and fell to the ground after battling for the ball with rookie cornerback Ahmad Treaudo. He grabbed his right leg, then lay on his back for about five minutes while trainers examined him.

He was later taken from practice in a golf cart with his right knee wrapped.

After being examined by the team’s medical staff, Burress was cleared to practice in the afternoon. He participated in drills with the first team, even stretching out to catch a 30-yard pass from Eli Manning that drew cheers from the crowd.

“I just sucked it up and went back out there to see if I could get through the day, and I made it,” Burress said. “It’s still a little sore. It will probably be sore the next week or two. But it’s not anything serious that will stop me from practicing.”

The Giants acquired Burress as an unrestricted free agent from Pittsburgh in March. He signed a six-year, $25 million contract that included an $8 million signing bonus.

The sixth-year pro, a first-round draft pick by the Steelers out of Michigan State, has 262 career receptions for 4,164 yards and 22 touchdowns. He is expected to strengthen a Giants passing attack that had the second-fewest touchdown passes in the NFL last season.


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