Donte Stallworth burned in hot-air balloon accident

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Receiver Donte Stallworth suffered serious burns when a hot-air balloon he was riding in crashed into power lines Saturday.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Receiver Donte Stallworth suffered serious burns when a hot-air balloon he was riding in crashed into power lines Saturday.

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 New England Patriots, then went on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He has 35 career touchdown catches.

PATRIOTS: Released receiver Brandon Lloyd and 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.

Talib was acquired by New England in a trade with Tampa Bay on Nov. 1 for a 2013 fourth-round draft pick.

Lloyd had 74 receptions for 911 yards and four touchdowns last season for New England, with 12 receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown in two playoff games.

49ERS: Signed safety Craig Dahl to a three-year contract, finding a replacement in the secondary after Dashon Goldson received a five-year deal from Tampa Bay.

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

GIANTS: Signed former Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor.

Connor started five games at middle linebacker for Dallas last season, making 56 tackles.


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