- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 29, 2008

From combined dispatches

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 over Baltimore on Nov. 16. He then aggravated the injury in the opening series last 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, while Bradshaw and Robbins could not.

COWBOYS: MRI tests on injured linebacker DeMarcus Ware and running back Marion Barber revealed no significant damage a day after both were injured in Dallas’ Thanksgiving win over Seattle.

An MRI test on Ware’s hyper-extended left knee showed no ligament damage. An MRI on Barber’s right fifth toe, which was dislocated, revealed no fracture.

Both players will receive treatment throughout the weekend. They will be evaluated daily next week.

PANTHERS: Chris Gamble could have been one of the most coveted free agent cornerbacks in the NFL this offseason.

But Gamble didn’t want the uncertainty, and Carolina rewarded him with a lucrative deal that will keep him with the team through the 2014 season.

In the middle of perhaps his best season, Gamble signed a six-year 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.

BROWNS: Quarterback Brady Quinn is still deciding whether to have surgery on his damaged right index finger. He didn’t get much help making up his mind while passing the turkey and mashed potatoes around the Thanksgiving table.

“I don’t have a bunch of family doctors, so they didn’t have any more insight into the situation,” he joked.

RAVENS: Baltimore’s Dec. 14 home game against Pittsburgh has been changed to a 4:15 p.m. start at M&T; Bank Stadium.

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