Update: Burress to be charged Monday

Updated at 3:15 p.m.:

Plaxico Burress' lawyer tells the Associated Press that the Giants wide receiver will be charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

In an e-mail to the AP, attorney Benjamin Brafman said Burress will turn himself in Monday morning and plead not guilty.

Meanwhile, the Giants continue to roll. As I type this, they lead the Redskins, 20-7, in the third quarter. The Eagles, of course, travel to the Meadowlands to take on the Giants a week from today.

Thanks to philly.com's Jon Tannenwald for the heads-up on this recent development.

More details from the Burress incident from earlier today:

More details about Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg are emerging today. Some of the reports conflict with each other, but here's a rundown of where we stand at about noon on Sunday.

According to the New York Daily News, Burress is expected to be arrested on felony weapons charges in the coming days. Police sources told the New York Daily News that Burress' teammate, linebacker Antonio Pierce, was in the Manhattan nightclub with Burress when the incident took place and tried to hide the gun. The report says Burress told club management he needed the gun to protect himself. And after he had been drinking, he was walking to a VIP area with a drink in one hand, when the gun started to slip down his pant leg. He fumbled reaching for it, and the gun went off, according to the article.

Other details from the New York Daily News article:

  • Pierce berated Burress for carrying a loaded handgun into a club. Sources said Pierce took off with the gun and stashed it somewhere in New Jersey.
  • Burress was afraid to go to the hospital and didn't go to New York-Presbyterian Hospital until two hours after the shooting took place. However, a hospital spokeswoman denies that Burress was there.
  • Criminal possession of a weapon is a felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years.
  • The state of Florida issued Burress a concealed weapon permit that expired in May. Even if it had been renewed, it wouldn't be recognized by authorities in New York or New Jersey.
According to Newsday, the hospital did not report the gunshot wound to police, and police learned about the incident only after reports had surfaced around noon Saturday.

The New York Post reports that Burress was trying to unload the bullets in the gun when he shot himself.

Fox's Jay Glazer reports that Burress will turn himself in to police, possibly as soon as Monday. Glazer also reports that Pierce is cooperating fully with police. Fox's Michael Strahan, Burress' ex-teammate, says Pierce told him he didn't know Burress had a gun.
ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports that Burress has hired attorney Benjamin Brafman, who previously represented Sean Combs (P Diddy) on weapons charges in 1999.