Bengals vs. Steelers: Plaxico Burress might not play

Joe Sargent

Plaxico Burress sat Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, and will likely do so again on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals if Emmanuel Sanders is healthy to play after suffering a cracked rib.

Plaxico Burress hasn't been much of a factor since returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this year, and might sit for a second consecutive week Sunday when the team plays a pivotal game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

It's not that the team doesn't want to play Burress. As noted by head coach Mike Tomlin Tuesday in a press conference, the 6'5 wide receiver still provides a big target for Ben Roethlisberger, even at the age of 35. But there's not always a guaranteed spot for him on the 45-man active roster every week. With Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders ahead of him on the depth chart, the team is solid at wide receiver while struggling to scrape together depth at the cornerback spot with multiple injuries.

Burress could find his way onto the roster Sunday if Sanders can't go after cracking his rib Sunday, but if Sanders is good to go, Burress will likely be inactive.

In four weeks with the team, Burress has played only 19 snaps, being targeted only four times with one catch for 18 yards. This past week, he was inactive when the team lost in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys.

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