Stallworth hurt when balloon hits power lines


Associated Press

MIAMI — NFL free agent Donte Stallworth was hospitalized Saturday with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines above South Florida, his agent said.

The 10-year NFL veteran won’t suffer any permanent damage from the accident in Homestead, said Drew Rosenhaus, Stallworth’s agent.

“He’s going to be OK. He has some burns, but he’s going to be fine,” Rosenhaus said. “He will be able to continue his NFL career. The injuries are not to the extent they will jeopardize his career.”

Rosenhaus said one of the passengers was Stallworth’s girlfriend, but he would not say whether she was hurt.

The basket carrying three hot air balloon passengers crashed into the power lines while airborne, according to Miami-Dade Police spokesman Roy Rutland.

Two passengers were injured and transported to a trauma center, Rutland said. A third passenger in the basket was not injured.

Rutland referred additional questions to the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB had no immediate information about the crash.

Stallworth played in one game last season for the Patriots, then went on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He has 35 career touchdown catches.

He was suspended for the 2009 season after a car he was driving struck and killed a pedestrian in South Florida that March. He spent 24 days in jail for a DUI manslaughter conviction.

JETS: Darrelle Revis is still with New York. And, he’s got $1 million more to show for it.

The star cornerback, the subject of trade rumors, earned a roster bonus as a result of a clause in his contract with New York. According to the clause, the bonus kicked in on Saturday since Revis remains on the Jets’ roster — not traded or cut — at the end of the business day.

There has been intense speculation in the past several weeks that the Jets will try to trade their best player, who is recovering from a torn knee ligament. Some thought that move could have come by Saturday so the Jets could have avoided the clause, but that “deadline” was not considered to be a factor in the team’s thinking.

Revis will receive the bonus later in the year and it counts on New York’s salary cap — whether or not he remains with the team. He also has a $1 million workout bonus that would kick in in late June and another $1 million reporting bonus that would go into effect in July at the start of training camp.

The trade talk could pick up at the NFL meetings in Phoenix, starting Monday. While neither side has publicly said they are interested in a trade, there has been increased speculation that that’s how the situation will unfold.

Revis is entering the final year of his contract, but wants to be among the league’s highest-paid defensive players. The Jets are balancing the desire to keep one of the best players the franchise has ever had and being financially prudent.

If they believe they won’t be able to sign him next offseason, they could be more apt to try to get something — presumably high draft picks — for him in a deal rather than lose him for nothing.

New general manager John Idzik said during a conference call with season ticket holders earlier this month that the team’s focus is “squarely on getting him healthy, getting him back to his level of play.”

49ERS: San Francisco filled a big void in their secondary left by the departure of Dashon Goldson.

The NFC champion Niners signed safety Craig Dahl to a three-year contract Saturday, finding an apparent replacement after Goldson received a five-year deal from Tampa Bay earlier in the week.

The 27-year-old Dahl spent the past four seasons with the St. Louis Rams and had 78 tackles and an interception in 2012.

He’s confident he knows the NFC West well enough to fit right in as a regular for the two-time defending division champions.

“Not the enemy anymore,” Dahl said on a conference call. “It’s a program I’m really familiar with, players and coaches I’m familiar with how they operate and the basis of what their team fundamentals are. … The mentality of the division has changed, teams are a lot more aggressive on defense and it’s turning out a lot better football teams than it has in the past.”

PATRIOTS: New England has released receiver Brandon Lloyd and re-signed defensive backs Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington and Adrian Wilson.

Arrington tied for the NFL lead in 2011 with seven interceptions. Wilson is a five-time Pro Bowl selection who holds the NFL record for most sacks in a season by a defensive back, eight, and is the sixth player in NFL history to record 25 sacks and 25 interceptions in his career.

 

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