MIAMI — NFL free agent Donté 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 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.”
Rosenhaus said one of the passengers was Stallworth’s girlfriend, but he would not say whether she was hurt.
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.
Defensive end Spears agrees to 2-year contract: In Owings Mills, former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears, a former Southern Lab and LSU star, 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 said, “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 in 2005 by Dallas.
Safety Dahl signs three-year deal: In San Francisco, the 49ers filled a big void in their secondary left by the departure of Dashon Goldson.
The NFC champion Niners signed safety Craig Dahl to a three-year contract Saturday, finding an apparent replacement after Goldson received a five-year deal from Tampa Bay earlier in the week.
The 27-year-old Dahl spent the past four seasons with the St. Louis Rams and had 78 tackles and an interception in 2012.
New England RELEASES LLOYD, re-signS THREE: In Foxborough, Mass., the New England Patriots 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.
Talib started in five of six games for New England after being traded from Tampa Bay and had 19 tackles and an interception that he returned 59 yards for a touchdown.
Lloyd had 74 receptions for 911 yards and four touchdowns last season for New England, with 12 receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown in two playoff games.
former Cowboys linebacker Connor signs: In East Rutherford, N.J., former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor signed with the New York Giants as a free agent, the team announced. Details were not disclosed.
New York also reached a contract agreement with receiver Louis Murphy, a source familiar with the situation said.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the signing.
Connor can play both inside and outside, so his signing casts some doubt on whether New York will bring back middle linebacker Chase Blackburn, who is a free agent.
Connor started five games at middle linebacker for Dallas last season, making 56 tackles. He also started three games at weakside linebacker.