Former Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress wants to get a break from prison, but prosecutors said yesterday they will likely try to block his bid for work release because he has not served enough time.
The former New York Giants receiver applied for a work furlough - which would let him spend some portion of his time at home - on Nov. 25, about two months into his two-year sentence for carrying an unlicensed gun that went off and wounded him at a Manhattan nightclub. State prison system officials are expected to decide on his request next month.
Prosecutors said the bullet narrowly missed a security guard, and they insisted on at least a two-year prison term. A quick furlough would send "a very bad message," Manhattan Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Dwyer said yesterday.
Burress, who caught the Giants' winning touchdown over the New England Patriots in the final minute of the 2008 Super Bowl, has said he hopes to play again.
Steelers. With Pittsburgh fast running out of games and his left knee still not healed, star safety Troy Polamalu isn't certain if he will be back this season.
His latest injury, to his posterior cruciate ligament, was initially expected to be less severe than the anterior cruciate ligament injury that kept him out of the Steelers' second through fifth games. But he won't play tomorrow night in Cleveland, marking his fourth straight missed game because of his latest injury.
Redskins. A chip-shot miss against the New Orleans Saints has cost Washington kicker Shaun Suisham his job.
Suisham, the most accurate kicker in franchise history, was cut by the Redskins, who replaced him with Graham Gano from the United Football League.
Suisham made his first 13 field-goal attempts this season. However, he had vital misses from 39 and 50 yards in the 7-6 loss to Dallas three games ago and was wide right Sunday on a 23-yarder that would have sealed a victory over the unbeaten Saints. New Orleans rallied to win, 33-30, in overtime.
Meanwhile, Washington placed running back Clinton Portis on injured reserve. Doctors have yet to clear him from a concussion he suffered a month ago.
Bengals. Cincinnati wide receiver Chad Ochocinco will be fined $30,000 by the NFL for his latest stunt: He donned a gray poncho and black sombrero after catching a touchdown pass in Sunday's 23-13 win over Detroit.
Giants. New York signed Londen Fryar, the son of former Eagles receiver Irving Fryar, to the practice squad.
The rookie defensive back played for Holy Cross High School in South Jersey and Western Michigan.
Buccaneers. Tampa Bay placed returner Clifton Smith on injured reserve. He suffered a second concussion on the opening kickoff of Sunday's 16-6 loss at Carolina.
Flex scheduling. The Minnesota-Carolina matchup Dec. 20 will remain the NFL's Sunday night game even though NBC had the option to choose another game.
The league said that the Green Bay-Pittsburgh game that day will start at 4:15 p.m. instead of 1 p.m.
Noteworthy. The NFL's charitable foundation is awarding $1.5 million in grants to 11 organizations to support medical research on subjects such as artery blockage in retired players, stem-cell usage for tendon repair, and heat-stress risks.