Plaxico Burress carted off with shoulder injury; definitely a fantasy red flag

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress was carted off with an injury on Thursday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress was carted off the field Thursday with a shoulder injury, according to Dale Lolley of The Observer-Reporter. Burress is competing for playing time at receiver, behind both Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, so this definitely hurts his bid for that.

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Burress was looking to be the primary backup with the Steelers after Mike Wallace left for the Miami Dolphins as a free agent. Pittsburgh's offense has been in transition, especially with Ben Roethlisberger having seemingly reached his peak. Burress joined the Steelers late last season, catching a touchdown pass over the four games he played, but was hoping to get a bunch of work in this offseason.

Fantasy Impact: Burress hasn't put up the big yardage since having 1,000-plus yards in 2007, but he's always been a popular red zone target. He managed eight touchdowns with the New York Jets back in 2011, and would likely be Roethlisberger's go-to guy for big plays in the end zone, so he should have some fantasy value. However, he's about to be closer to 40 than 30 and injury concerns should likely take him out of consideration.

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