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Sprained ankle keeping Burress out of practice

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New York Giants: Plaxico Burress is no Jeremy Shockey, at least when it comes to playing on a bad ankle in training camp.

Shockey pushed himself a year ago on a sprained ankle, and it ended up bothering him during the Giants' regular season. Burress isn't making the same mistake. The veteran receiver hasn't practiced since spraining his right ankle on Aug. 2. His hours on the field at the University at Albany over the last 12 days have been spent either watching Eli Manning and the offense work or riding a stationary bike.

"I am going into my eighth year," Burress said Tuesday. "I pretty much know what to expect from myself, and they know what to expect from me. I know where to be at. I'll just return to my job. Like I said, it's like riding a bike. You get out there and do what you do."

While Burress is seemingly not worried, coach Tom Coughlin is concerned his top receiver and Manning will be off with their timing when the season opens in Dallas on Sept. 9. Burress, though, downplayed the concern. He insisted he would need only a couple days to get his timing down with Manning.

However, the ankle needs to get better. Burress can run straight ahead, but he can't make the quick moves that allow him to get open. Burress said there is still soreness and he won't return until it's gone.

"I don't want to have another setback right now," he said. "I just want to heal it up the first time and not worry about it lingering and having it nag me through the regular season."

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