*Imprisoned former NFL star Plaxico Burress has reportedly been denied a chance to participate in his jail’s work release program.

The former New York Giants player, currently serving a two-year sentence for illegal gun possession after accidentally shooting himself at a NY nightclub, had requested a “temporary release” so he could play football again.

But according to TMZ, authorities in Albany, NY turned down his request, stating, “The serious and negative impact illegal guns have on the community coupled with dangerous nature of the weapon discharging in a public place renders him unsuitable for work release participation.”

According to the NY Dept of Correctional Services, the work release program “allows certain inmates to leave a work release correctional facility for a period of several days at a time for community preparation.”