NFL Players Association files grievance for Plax

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress can't come back this season, but he's still hoping to get paid. The NFL Players Association has filed a noninjury grievance on Burress' behalf in an attempt to recover some of his $2 million in lost wages and fines.

NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said Burress' four-week suspension and additional fine was "excessive" and that it violates the league's collective bargaining agreement. The NFLPA will watch closely to see if the Giants pay Burress a $1 million bonus that is actually due Wednesday. It's unlikely the Giants will be in a hurry to make that payment, which will lead to another grievance being filed.

Of course, none of this matters that much to fans. Even if Burress wins his appeal, he won't be allowed to return to the field this season. And after Sunday's loss to the Eagles, his absence causes a lot more worry. Tom Coughlin can say whatever he wants about other players stepping up, but when Burress is off the field, defenses can use a completely different approach.

In fact, I know the Cowboys are looking forward to being able to man up on Amani Toomer, Steve Smith and Domenik Hixon.