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 hasn't served enough time.

The former New York Giant applied for a work furlough - which would let him spend some portion of his time at home - on Nov. 25, about 2 months into his 2-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 2-year prison term. A quick furlough would send "a very bad message," Manhattan Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Dwyer said Tuesday.

"It's too early," he said.

Burress' lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, declined to comment.

Statistically, Burress' effort is a long shot. Less than 5 percent of the more than 31,500 work release applications statewide were granted last year, according to the state Department of Correctional Services.


* The season is over for Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, who has not played since his concussion a month ago. The Redskins placed Portis on injured reserve after he had another round of tests by a specialist in Pittsburgh.

Portis, who was hurt in a helmet-to-helmet hit against Atlanta on Nov. 8, and has since struggled with vision problems and dizziness.

* A person in the NFL told the Associated Press that Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco has been fined $30,000 for donning a poncho and sombrero on the sideline after catching a touchdown pass in a win over Detroit Sunday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not made any announcement about the fine.

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This punishment comes about a month after Ochocinco was fined $20,000 and reprimanded by the NFL for pretending to bribe an official a dollar.

* Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu, who will miss his fourth consecutive game when the Steelers play Cleveland tomorrow night, said there is no definitive date for his return.

Polamalu's 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.

* Tampa Bay kick returner Clifton Smith was placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season after his second concussion in less than 2 months while making a tackle in a loss to Carolina Sunday.

* Washington released kicker Shaun Suisham, the most accurate kicker in franchise history and replaced him with Graham Gano from the United Football League.

Suisham made his first 13 field goal attempts this season, but 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 unbeaten New Orleans.

* The New York Giants signed defensive back Londen Fryar, the son of former NFL standout Irving Fryar, to their practice squad. Londen Fryar starred at Western Michigan and Holy Cross High in Delran, N.J.

* The NFL's charitable foundation is awarding $1.5 million in grants to support medical research on subjects such as artery blockage in retired players, stem cell usage for tendon repair and heat stress risks.

The league announced that 11 organizations will receive grants. None of this year's recipients plan studies on concussions.

More than 75 requests for grants were made this year. A four-member panel of medical experts makes recommendations to the NFL Charities board.