Burress indicted on weapons charge

The Associated PressAugust 4, 2009 

Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was indicted by a grand jury on weapons charges for shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub and faces a minimum prison sentence of 31/2 years if convicted, prosecutors announced Monday.

The indictment charged 31-year-old Burress with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said.

Former Burress teammate Antonio Pierce, who was with Burress in the club and drove him to the hospital, was not indicted.

The panel also did not indict the nightclub security guard who carried the gun to Pierce's car or the hospital staff members who failed to notify police that Burress had been shot.

Vick celebration postponed: Michael Vick's hometown celebration was postponed because of a conflict, an organizer said.

The "Michael Vick Community Celebration" scheduled for Saturday in Newport News, Va., will be held later because the job-hunting former NFL quarterback has an event that day in Atlanta with the Humane Society of the United States, organizer Andrew Shannon said.

Eagles, Maclin agree: Jeremy Maclin, the 19th pick in the first round, and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a five-year contract, ending the wide receiver's holdout. Maclin caught 102 passes for 1,260 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore at Missouri last season.

Broncos sign Ayers: The Denver Broncos signed first-round pick Robert Ayers, a defensive end from Tennessee, to a five-year deal, leaving Knowshon Moreno, the team's top pick, the only unsigned player from their 10-member draft class.

Jackson continues rehab: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson missed both practices again Monday while doing rehab work on his left knee after spraining his medial collateral ligament Saturday. Jackson was limited to riding a bicycle and some light jogging.

Injury update: Upset by news reports that starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley could miss the season with a knee injury, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday he's not talking about it. The Eagles confirmed Sunday night that Bradley injured a knee during practice. On Monday, reports surfaced that the third-year pro has a torn anterior collateral ligament and is likely lost for the season.

The Bengals sustained their first significant injury of training camp Monday when tight end Reggie Kelly ruptured his Achilles tendon, a notable setback to an offense that finished last in the NFL. The 11-year veteran is expected to be sidelined for at least six months.

Dolphins linebacker Matt Roth missed the first two days of training-camp drills with an ailment that had yet to be diagnosed, coach Tony Sparano said Monday. Roth's agent said the problem was a groin injury.

Suspension stands: The NFL announced that Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch's three-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy will stand. Lynch pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor gun charge in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and three years' probation.

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