Former Raven Stallworth injured in hot-air balloon crash


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Former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth was hospitalized Saturday with serious burns after the hot-air balloon carrying him and two other passengers crashed into power lines, David Ovalle of The Miami Herald reports.

The Associated Press reported that Stallworth, 32, and his girlfriend, Soleil Guerrero, 27, were transported to the Trauma Center at Kendall Regional Hospital, according to Miami-Dade Police spokesman Roy Rutland. The other passenger (unnamed) was not injured. Gurrerro’s burns are considered much more serve than Stallworth’s, according to Ovalle.

Stallworth, who is currently a free agent, is expected to resume his career, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus said.

“He’s going to be ok,” Rosenhaus told USA TODAY Sports in an e-mail.  “He has some burns, but he’s going to be fine. He will be able to continue his NFL career. The injuries are not to the extent they will jeopardize his career.”

Stallworth played for the Ravens in 2010 and caught two passes for 82 yards during eight games. He also rushed for a career-high 45 yards on five carries.

During his second stint with the New England Patriots this past season, Stallworth recorded one reception, a 63-yard touchdown, in a Week 14 victory over the Houston Texans. He suffered an ankle injury on the play and was placed on injured reserve.

Stallworth, originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints during the first-round of the 2002 draft, has hauled in 321 receptions for 4,837 yards and 35 touchdowns during his 10-year career.