The Post reported yesterday that not only does a person who has visited Plaxico Burress in jail say he's expected to be released in two or three weeks, Jerry Reese said he'd "investigate" the possibility of signing Burress once the NFL lifts his suspension. But though Burress has indeed filed his second application for work release, his lawyer told the Daily News that the reports of his imminent release were "premature," and that while he's hopeful, "we're respecting the process." Not that he'll be playing anytime soon, anyway: A spokesman for the Oneida Correctional Facility told the News that inmates granted work release are generally referred to a separate work-release facility, where Burress would likely perform community-oriented work. Sal Paolantonio, meanwhile, reports that work release "usually calls for a prisoner to work Monday through Friday but return to prison on the weekends," in addition to prohibiting travel outside the state. (Waivers are "rare, but not impossible," according his source.) For what it's worth, Paolantonio says a ruling is likely by the time the NFL season begins on September 9.
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