NFL free agent Donte Stallworth is hospitalized with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines above South Florida.
Stallworth’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said the 10-year NFL veteran won’t suffer any permanent damage from Saturday morning’s accident.
He said Stallworth’s injuries “are not to the extent they will jeopardize his career.”
Miami-Dade Police spokesman Roy Rutland said the basket carrying three hot air balloon passengers crashed into the Homestead power lines while airborne.
Rutland said two passengers were injured and transported to a trauma center. A third passenger in the basket was not injured.
Stallworth played in one game last season for the New England Patriots, then went on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
Revis earns roster bonus
Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis, the subject of trade rumors, has earned a $1 million 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 during the past several weeks that the Jets will try to trade their best player, who is recovering from a torn knee ligament.
Some believed that move could come by Saturday so the Jets could avoid the clause, but 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.
Around the league
The New England Patriots have 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. Talib was acquired by New England in a trade with Tampa Bay on Nov. 1 for a 2013 fourth-round draft pick. He started in five of six games for New England after the trade and had 19 tackles and an interception that he returned 59 yards for a touchdown. … Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears has agreed to a two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens. Spears is expected to take a physical and sign the deal within the next few days. … The San Francisco 49ers have 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. … The New York Jets have re-signed kicker Nick Folk, who opted to stay with the team after being an unrestricted free agent. Folk has been with the Jets for three seasons after signing with New York as a free agent in 2010. He was 21 of 27 on field-goal attempts last season, and 134 for 172 for his career.