- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

From combined dispatches

Manhattan’s district attorney said he wants former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress to serve time in prison, the New York Post reported.

Robert Morgenthau told the newspaper that Burress, who shot himself with an unlicensed gun in November, was willing to agree to spend a year in jail, but prosecutors insisted on two.

“We’ve always taken the position that he’s going to have to go to jail, whether by trial or by plea,” Morgenthau told the Post for a story in Monday’s edition.

A spokeswoman for Morgenthau, Alica Maxey Greene, declined to comment on the Post story or to confirm that the district attorney made the comments.

Burress shot himself in the thigh at a nightclub early on the morning of Nov. 29. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison. Burress has pleaded not guilty and is free on $100,000 bail. The Giants released Burress in April.

His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said he was “disappointed and surprised” that Morgenthau spoke publicly while a grand jury decision on indicting Burress is pending.

“My concern is that the comments by the district attorney’s office may have irreparably prejudiced those proceedings,” Brafman said Monday. “I am now considering the legal options available to respond.”

RAVENS: Baltimore started training camp without its most productive wide receiver and its first-round draft pick.

Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Derrick Mason is still contemplating whether to follow through on his plans to retire, and offensive tackle Michael Oher has yet to agree to terms on his first NFL contract.

The Ravens could use Mason, especially after veteran wide receiver Drew Bennett announced his retirement late Sunday night. Bennett signed a one-year contract Friday but decided to quit after his arthritic knee flared up during his tryout.

BRONCOS: Recalcitrant receiver Brandon Marshall reported to the Denver Broncos headquarters after missing all offseason workouts while rehabbing from hip surgery and protesting his contract and his medical treatment from the team.

Marshall, who has asked for a trade, reported to camp along with the quarterbacks, rookies and other players coming off injuries. The first full squad workout is Friday.

Marshall skipped the team’s voluntary offseason workouts while rehabbing from his hip operation in March. He then boycotted the mandatory minicamp in protest of his $2.2 million salary and what he felt was the team’s misdiagnosis of his hip injury last season.

PATRIOTS: Safety Patrick Chung is the latest second-round pick to sign with New England.

Chung was the last of the team’s four second-rounders to agree to terms. Details were not disclosed, although the other three Patriots draftees in that round signed four-year contracts.

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