Polamalu uncertain about playing again this season

The season is over for Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis . Now he's left to contemplate where he might play next -- and whether he will play again.


Portis was in a reflective mood Tuesday after the Redskins placed him on injured reserve. Doctors have yet to clear him from a concussion he suffered a month ago.

"I think I'll get well," Portis said on his weekly radio appearance on ESPN980. "I have to put the time into rehabbing and continuing to do what the doctors say, but at the same time, to have the opportunity to play for eight years and play and compete and not miss many games ... if it's my time and I look back today, I think I had a great career. No one wants to finish on an injury, but at the same time I enjoyed it and I would love to come back."

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

- The chip-shot miss against the New Orleans Saints has cost kicker Shaun Suisham his job.

Suisham, the most accurate kicker in franchise history, was cut Tuesday and replaced him with Graham Gano from the United Football League.

Steelers: With his team 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. He is hopeful of playing again in 2009, but he said Tuesday there is no definitive date for his return.

BURRESS REQUEST: Former Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress has applied for work release, but Manhattan prosecutors say it's too soon for him to get a break from prison. Prosecutors will likely oppose his request. Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Dwyer said a furlough only a few months into a two-year sentence would send "a very bad message."

BUCCANEERS: Kick returner Clifton Smith will miss the rest of the season after his second concussion in less than two months.

The second-year pro was placed on IR, two days after he was hurt making a tackle on the opening kickoff of Sunday's 16-6 loss at Carolina.

FINED: A person in the NFL tells The Associated Press that Cincinnati receiver Chad Ochocinco has been fined $30,000 for donning a poncho and sombrero after scoring a touchdown.

The punishment was first reported by ESPN.com.


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