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NFL: Stallworth burned in hot-air balloon crash: report

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National Football League free agent receiver Donte Stallworth suffered severe burns when a hot-air balloon containing him and his girlfriend struck power lines on Saturday, the Miami Herald reported.

Stallworth, who played last season for the New England Patriots, was hospitalized after the morning crash, which is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, according to the newspaper.

Christopher Lyons, Stallworth's attorney, told the Herald that the 10-year NFL veteran suffered severe burns but was in stable condition in the intensive care unit.

The woman involved was also injured and hospitalized at Kendall Regional Hospital but Lyons did not speak about her condition.

The operator of the balloon was unharmed.

Stallworth, who has a home in South Florida, struck and killed a pedestrian in a car crash four years ago. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and spent 24 days in jail.

Stallworth, who has 321 career NFL catches for 4,837 yards and 35 touchdowns, began his NFL career in 2002 with New Orleans and spent four seasons with the Saints before one-season stops in Philadelphia, New England, Cleveland, Baltimore, Washington and the Patriots once again last year.

His only reception last season was a 63-yard touchdown catch.

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