I remember back in the day when wide receivers in the NFL were basically just cogs in the wheel who did their jobs and didn't cause any problems. So, as you can probably guess, I'm incredibly old.
Today's wide receiver that's causing crazy drama for his team isn't any of the usual suspects, instead it's Super Bowl hero and fat new contract holder Plaxico Burress. Uh, what? He didn't change his name to Plaxico Muchos TD Catches, did he?
No, instead the Giants primary receiving option is being suspended two weeks for insubordination. Which would seem logical if he were on the Chiefs, but he's playing for the 3-0 Super Bowl defending Giants and he has a new $35 million contract.
So what happened? It appears that Plax has kept his daily routine from last year going - which was never practicing.
Now, never practicing is fine when you're injured, like he was last year, but he's healthy this season, so that's sort of a problem now. The suspension goes into effect immediately, and since the Giants have a bye this week, that means the only game he'll miss is the Oct. 5th game against the Seahawks.
The weird thing is no one's really sure why this happened. All that's known is that Plax met with the team this morning, gave some excuse, and it didn't fly. Calls to Plax or his agent - Drew Rosenhaus - weren't returned.
Anyway, while the Giants are playing extremely well, they're in the toughest division in football, which means having Plax do something this stupid really doesn't help. I don't think they'll have too much trouble with the Seahawks, but you never know. In a division as tight as the NFC East looks to be this year, all it can take is one bad game and it's so long playoffs.
Star wideout skipped practice, ignored calls [Fox Sports]