Giants' Burress Is Out
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress will miss Sunday's game against Washington with a sore right hamstring. Burress pulled the hamstring in the Giants' win vs. Baltimore on Nov. 16. He aggravated the injury in the opening series Sunday against Arizona, and then sat out the rest of that game. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Friday that Burress "is progressing, no doubt. He is getting better." Domenik Hixon, who is dealing with an ankle injury, will start in Burress' place.Linebacker Jonathan Goff (hamstring) also will not play against the Redskins, while three players - running backs Brandon Jacobs (knee) and Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and defensive tackle Fred Robbins (shoulder) - are listed as questionable. Coughlin said Jacobs was able to practice. COWBOYS: MRI tests on injured linebacker DeMarcus Ware and running back Marion Barber revealed no significant damage a day after both were injured in the Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day win against Seattle. An MRI test on Ware's hyperextended left knee showed no ligament damage Friday. An MRI on Barber's right fifth toe, which was dislocated, revealed no fracture. DOLPHINS: Linebacker Joey Porter has been fined $7,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct during Miami's 48-28 loss to New England on Sunday. NFL spokesman Corry Rush said Friday that Porter was fined for verbally abusing the opponent after the play was over. PANTHERS: Chris Gamble was rewarded by Carolina with a lucrative deal that will keep him in Charlotte through the 2014 season. In the middle of perhaps his best season, Gamble signed a six-year contract extension that agent Carl Poston said makes him one of the top five paid cornerbacks in the league. That would make it worth more than $50 million. TEXANS: Matt Schaub returned to practice this week and Coach Gary Kubiak said there's a chance he could play Monday night against Jacksonville. Schaub has missed the past three games after injuring his left knee against Minnesota. The team first said he would be out two to four weeks, then last week said it could be longer. STEELERS: Running back Willie Parker practiced for the second successive day Friday despite left knee inflammation and could play Sunday at New England. Parker is listed as questionable; Steelers players who practice on the Friday before games usually play. Parker, a three-time 1,000-yard rusher, recently missed five games in a six-game span with knee and shoulder injuries. He played in the last two games, but was pulled when the knee flared up after he gained 37 yards on 14 carries against Cincinnati on Nov. 20.