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Burress knocks former coach, QB

Plaxico Burress arrives home in June after spending nearly two years in prison after shooting himself in the leg in 2008.

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Plaxico Burress arrives home in June after spending nearly two years in prison after shooting himself in the leg in 2008.

NEW YORK — Plaxico Burress is critical of Giants coach Tom Coughlin, quarterback Eli Manning and fans for the way they reacted when he went to prison on a gun charge in an interview for the October issue of Men's Journal.

The receiver, now with the Jets, also praised his new coach, Rex Ryan, and Bucs coach Raheem Morris.

Burress told the magazine a few weeks before he signed with the Jets in July that he wished Coughlin had shown some concern when they met after Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg in November 2008. He saw the Giants coach on TV talking about it, "and the first words out his mouth was 'sad and disappointing.' "

"I'm like, forget support. How about some concern?" Burress said. "I did just have a bullet in my leg. And then I sat in his office, and he pushed back his chair and goes, 'I'm glad you didn't kill anybody!' Man, we're paid too much to be treated like kids."

He also told the magazine, out next week, that Coughlin is "not a real positive coach."

"You look around the league, the Raheem Morrises and Rex Ryans — when their player makes a mistake, they take 'em to the side and say, 'We'll get 'em next time,' " Burress said. "But Coughlin's on the sideline going crazy, man."

Coughlin said Friday he wasn't aware of Burress' comments. "I am really not all that concerned," he said. "I am really not interested in it, either."

Burress said he was disappointed Manning never visited him or tried to communicate with him while he served his 20-month prison sentence.

"I was always his biggest supporter, even days he wasn't on, 'cause I could sense he didn't have thick skin," Burress said.

MANNING SURGERY: Peyton Manning's doctors said his third neck surgery in 19 months went "very well, without complication" and that the prognosis for the Colts quarterback is good. Thursday's surgery was performed at Marina Del Rey Hospital in California.

FINES: The league fined Giants running back Brandon Jacobs $20,000 and Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson $10,000 for their confrontation in a preseason game.

COWBOYS: Nose tackle Jay Ratliff, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, agreed to a five-year contract extension through the 2017 season.

Giants: Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Tuck said he might play Sunday against the Redskins. A day after expressing concerns about a lingering neck injury, Tuck practiced and was listed as questionable, giving him about a 50-50 chance.

JAGUARS: The team sold enough tickets to avoid a TV blackout for Sunday against Tennessee. About 1,400 non-premium tickets remained.

RAVENS: The league suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller for two games and fined him $47,000 for violating its personal conduct policy. Moeller, 47, was found guilty of driving while impaired last spring.

SAINTS: Receiver Marques Colston could miss about four weeks with a broken collarbone suffered Thursday at Green Bay, the Associated Press reported.

Late Thursday

GREEN BAY, Wis. — If Thursday's opener was a referendum on the importance of player-led team workouts during the lockout, the results are in after the Packers opened with a wild 42-34 victory over the Saints: The sessions New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees led over the summer weren't enough against the reigning champions, and the Packers' decision not to gather as a team didn't seem to hurt.

"That was a good start for us," Packers QB Aaron Rodgers joked after passing for three scores, all in the first quarter, and 312 total yards. "But I've just got to ask myself, 'What would have happened if we had had offseason workouts?' Could we have started any faster and scored more points tonight?"

After allowing 477 total yards, the Packers' defense made a goal-line stand on the final play, stuffing Saints rookie Mark Ingram.

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