Stallworth hospitalized after hot air balloon accident

Stallworth
Stallworth
Posted: March 19, 2013

FORMER EAGLES wide receiver 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, currently a free agent, 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."

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.

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.

Noteworthy * 

Darrelle Revis is still with the New York Jets. 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.

* Defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil parted ways with his agent after a paperwork mix-up forced the Denver Broncos to waive him instead of signing him to an $8 million contract.

Dumervil and the Broncos had come to an agreement Friday for the defensive lineman to take a $4 million pay cut. But Dumervil's agent, Marty Magid, didn't fax the signed contract to the Broncos in time to meet Friday's 1:59 p.m. deadline and the Broncos cut Dumervil so they wouldn't be on the hook for the $12 million they owed him in the original contract.

Magid told USA Today that Dumervil contacted him Saturday to say he wanted to move in another direction.

"It's terrible, but he said he knows what happened and why it happened," Magid told the newspaper.

* Former Penn State linebacker Dan Connor (Strath Haven High) signed with the New York Giants.

According to a source, the Giants also reached an agreement with tight end Brandon Myers, who had his best season with the Oakland Raiders in 2012 when he started all 16 games and had a career-best 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns.

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

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