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Steelers football: Plaxico Burress could help in red zone

The Pittsburgh Steelers have designed a red zone package for newly-acquired wide receiver Plaxico Burress, according to Ross Tucker.

Burress could be the team's third receiver in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns now that Jerricho Cotchery and Antonio Brown dealing with injuries. He also could be oft-targeted in the red zone after scoring eight touchdowns with the New York Jets a year ago, seven of which came from inside the opponents' 20-yard line. The team will look to Burress to provide a boost up from its 48.57 percent red zone touchdown rate, which ranks 20th in the NFL.

The 11th-year pro out of Michigan State will be reunited with Charlie Batch, who was the Steelers' backup quarterback in 2003, Burress' second-to-last season of his first stint in Pittsburgh. Batch will start on Sunday in place of Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich, both of whom suffered rib injuries in the last two weeks.

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