- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2011

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - It’s a no go for Plaxico Burress in the New York Jets‘ preseason opener.

Rex Ryan announced Friday that the wide receiver, recovering from an ankle injury that has hobbled him in training camp, won’t play against the Texans on Monday _ and won’t even fly with the team to Houston.

“They think the altitude when you fly there, that that can increase swelling,” Ryan said. “We’re trying to get Plaxico at 100 percent, so what we’ll do is he’ll come out (next) Wednesday, we assume he will be 100 percent then if we back off him completely now.”

Burress was scheduled to have an MRI on Friday on his left ankle, which he rolled while running routes last week. Ryan says Burress is feeling the best he has since being injured, but he’ll be kept out of team drills again.

“With this MRI, we’re just making sure that we are not seeing something,” Ryan said. “We’ll keep our fingers crossed, but we really don’t think it is (worse).”

On Thursday, Ryan said he hoped Burress would be able to participate in “a few plays” in the preseason opener. The team’s doctors nixed that plan Friday.

“I really thought we would play him,” Ryan said, adding that it’s still considered a minor injury.

Burress, who signed with the Jets on July 31 after spending 20 months in prison on a gun charge, is recovering after rolling the ankle last week while running routes with Santonio Holmes. He hasn’t participated in any team drills since being in on three plays Monday.

Burress won’t have to fly until the third week of the regular season, when New York is at Oakland. After Monday, their remaining preseason games are at New Meadowlands Stadium _ including an “away” game against the Giants. The Jets then open the regular season with home games against Dallas and Jacksonville.

“If we had to play a (regular-season) game, he would play, he would definitely play,” Ryan said. “That’s the way we would approach it. He wants to go, but it’s,’Let’s just hold you out here,’ and I think it’s the smart thing to do.”

Meanwhile, center Nick Mangold is day to day after suffering a stinger in practice Thursday that caused some temporary numbness in one of his arms.

“That’s always a little disconcerting,” he said. “It always shoots a shock to the system, but it seems to be doing better today.”

Mangold could participate in individual drills, but not 11-on-11s, and it was uncertain if he’ll be able to play in Houston.

“I’m feeling good,” Mangold said. “It was just a stinger, nothing too crazy. They want to take precautions with it.”

Mangold, who was down on both hands and knees for several minutes following a goal-line drill, was examined by the Jets‘ medical staff before getting up slowly and walking off the field under his own power. The neurological injury, common in football and other high-contact sports, also is called a “burner,” which often involves the pinching of nerves in the neck and/or arm.

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