Former Tennessee Volunteer Donte Stallworth was injured in a hot air balloon accident on on Saturday according to USA Today.
The free agent wide receiver was injured when the balloon, carrying him and two others, crashed into power lines in South Florida.
Stallworth’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said the receiver would not suffer any permanent damage. USA Today quoted Rosenhaus as saying:
He’s going to be OK. 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.
Two passengers were transported to a local hospital, one of those being Stallworth. It’s believe that Stallworth’s girlfriend was the other injured passenger, but reports could not confirm this. Stallworth suffered severe burns in the crash.
Stallworth played at the University of Tennessee from 1999 to 2001.
The Sacramento, CA native was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints. Stallworth spent four seasons with the Saints and has since spent time with various teams including: the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins and two stints with the New England Patriots.
During the 2012 season Stallworth played in only one game with the New England Patriots, before being place on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Stallworth finished with one catch for 63 yards and a touchdown in 2012.