- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 2, 2008

From combined dispatches

Taken to court in handcuffs, Plaxico Burress posted $100,000 bail on weapons possession charges in New York on Monday as a frenzy grew around the case of the Giants star receiver who accidentally shot himself in a nightclub.

Authorities said teammate Antonio Pierce was being investigated over his role in the shooting, while the Super Bowl-champion Giants weren’t sure what action they would take against Burress. The NFL said it was monitoring developments. Mayor Michael Bloomberg also weighed in, saying it would be an outrage “if we didn’t prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”

Burress shot himself in the right thigh in the VIP section of the Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan about 1 a.m. Saturday, police said. He did not have a permit to carry a handgun in New York.

It’s believed Pierce took Burress to the car and then left with him, according to police. Burress was treated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and released later Saturday.

Burress was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which could result in a prison sentence of at least 3 1/2 years in prison. He was not required to enter a plea Monday and is due back in court March 31. Burress did not say anything in court.

BROWNS: Derek Anderson’s season is officially over, yet another slap for down-on-its-luck Cleveland.

Anderson, who lost his starting job to Brady Quinn several weeks ago, will miss the final four games after tearing a ligament in his left knee Sunday against Indianapolis.

LIONS: Detroit signed wide receiver Keary Colbert, giving him a chance to play for his third NFL team this season.

Detroit added him to the roster Monday when it put wide receiver Mike Furrey on injured reserve because of a concussion.

BEARS: Nose tackle Dusty Dvoracek will miss the final four games after rupturing his right biceps during a loss at Minnesota on Sunday night, his third season-ending injury in as many NFL seasons.

LONDON: The New England Patriots will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next season at Wembley Stadium, the third straight year the NFL will stage a regular-season game in the British capital.

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