- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Former New York Giants star Plaxico Burress was indicted by a grand jury on weapons charges for shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub and faces a minimum prison sentence of 3 1/2 years if convicted, prosecutors announced Monday.

The indictment charged the 31-year-old Burress with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said.

“The grand jury applied the law to the facts of this case,” Morgenthau said. He said the accidental shooting at the Latin Quarter nightclub on Nov. 29 was treated “like any similar case against any other defendant.”

Burress’ lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he was disappointed but not surprised by the indictment, which came after Burress testified before the grand jury and expressed remorse.

Prosecutors also announced that the grand jury opted not to indict Antonio Pierce on charges of carrying Burress’ unlicensed firearm in the aftermath of the shooting.

EAGLES: Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and Philadelphia agreed to terms on a five-year contract, ending the first-round pick’s holdout.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported the deal was worth $15.5 million with $9.5 million guaranteed.

In other Eagles news, starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley may be out for the season after suffering a torn ACL Sunday.

BILLS: Buffalo running back Marshawn Lynch’s appeal was denied, and his three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy will stand.

Lynch’s suspension begins on Sept. 5 and ends on Sept. 28. He will be allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games before Sept. 5.

Lynch pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor gun charge in Los Angeles.

BENGALS: Cincinnati tight end Reggie Kelly suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in practice, the team said.

Kelly, 32, will have surgery Wednesday and recovery from that type of injury usually takes six months.

PANTHERS: Carolina Panthers starting defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu is likely lost for the season due to a torn right Achilles’ tendon.

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