The bloody pants that Plaxico Burress wore when he accidentally shot himself last month, plus a handgun, a rifle and an assortment of ammunition were seized Tuesday by authorities from the home of the suspended New York Giants receiver in Totowa, N.J.

In addition to a 9-mm handgun, a .30-06-caliber rifle and the ammunition, including a clip for a .45 gun, police said they recovered the sneakers that the Super Bowl star wore during the shooting.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the weapons are registered. Burress still faces two felony gun-possession charges.

Benjamin Brafman, the receiver's attorney, said yesterday that he believed that only a registered rifle was taken from the home.

Burress shot himself in the right thigh at a nightclub Nov. 29 when he fumbled with an unlicensed handgun tucked into the waistband of his sweat pants.

Hall to stay with Redskins?

Washington has begun preliminary contract talks with potential free-agent cornerback DeAngelo Hall in hopes of signing him to a long-term contract, the Washington Post reported, citing team and league sources.

Weighty matters.

Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams, who were among six players suspended four games by the NFL for testing positive for a diuretic, said they used the banned substance because they had $400,000 in incentive bonuses in their contracts if they met, or were below, a specific weight during weigh-ins throughout the year, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Favre's future.

Brett Favre insisted yesterday he hasn't decided whether he will return to the New York Jets next season, but the 39-year-old quarterback said the health of his right shoulder could be a factor.

Singletary's plan.

Interim coach Mike Singletary presented a plan that impressed the San Francisco 49ers' leadership, which could announce his appointment to the full-time job next week, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Welker fined.

NFL receiving leader Wes Welker was fined $10,000 for making a "snow angel" after scoring a touchdown for New England on Sunday in the Patriots' 47-7 win over Arizona.

The NFL imposed the penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, specifically for participating in an illegal demonstration by going to the ground after his touchdown, league spokesman Corry Rush said.

Hobson joins Cardinals.

Arizona signed linebacker Victor Hobson, a St. Joseph's Prep graduate recently cut by the Bengals, and released tight end Jerame Tuman.

Hobson signed with Cincinnati on Dec. 3 and played in two games before being released Dec. 16. He spent five seasons with the New York Jets, starting 58 games.

Steelers MVP.

James Harrison was a repeat selection as Pittsburgh's most valuable player in a vote by his teammates. He is the first player to repeat since wide receiver Hines Ward in 2002-03. Ward shared the award in 2002 with linebacker Joey Porter.

Browns quarterback.

Fourth-stringer Bruce Gradkowski is likely to start at quarterback for Cleveland on Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Ken Dorsey suffered a rib injury and mild concussion in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati.