Nfl notes

NFL NOTES: Stallworth injured when balloon hits power lines

The Associated PressMarch 16, 2013 

— Free agent Donte Stallworth was hospitalized Saturday in Miami 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 permanent damage from the accident in Homestead, according to Drew Rosenhaus.

“He’s going to be OK. He has some burns, but he’s going to be fine,” Rosenhaus said.

The basket carrying three hot air balloon passengers crashed into the power lines while airborne, according to Miami-Dade Police spokesman Roy Rutland.

Ravens sign Spears

Former Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears agreed to a two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

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.

Patriots release Lloyd, sign three

New England 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 was acquired by New England in a trade with Tampa Bay in November. He started in five of six games for New England.

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.

Other signings

Former Dallas linebacker Dan Connor signed with the Giants as a free agent. ... San Francisco signed safety Craig Dahl to a three-year contract.

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