NFL wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth suffered “severe burns” when a hot-air balloon carrying him and his girlfriend hit power lines in South Miami-Dade early Saturday, his lawyer told the Miami Herald.
His girlfriend was also injured, although her condition was unknown. The balloon operator was not hurt.
The New England Patriots receiver, an unrestricted free agent, and the woman were taken to the Trauma Center at Kendall Regional Hospital, according to Miami-Dade police.
The crash happened about 10 a.m. at Southwest 296th Street and 217th Avenue. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
The former Browns player’s lawyer, Christopher Lyons, said Stallworth is in stable condition in the intensive care unit. He declined to talk about his girlfriend’s condition.
Ravens pick up Spears
Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears agreed to a two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens announced the move late Friday night. Spears is expected to take a physical and sign the deal within the next few days.
Although the Super Bowl champions have lost several key players during free agency, they’ve enhanced their defensive line by signing Chris Canty and Spears, who has 89 starts over his NFL career.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome says, “The base of a good defense is to be good along the defensive line. Spears, like Canty, can play multiple positions along the line. He brings a lot of snaps and big game experience to us.”
Spears was drafted in the first round of the 2005 draft by Dallas.
Around the league
Former Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor signed with the New York Giants as a free agent. New York also reached a contract agreement with receiver Louis Murphy, a source told the Associated Press late Saturday afternoon. Connor’s signing casts some doubt on whether New York will bring back middle linebacker Chase Blackburn, a former University of Akron standout who is a free agent. … The Patriots released receiver Brandon Lloyd and re-signed defensive backs Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington and Adrian Wilson. …The San Francisco 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 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. …The New York Jets re-signed kicker Nick Folk, who opted to stay with the team after being an unrestricted free agent.