NFL player among 2 injured in Florida air balloon crash

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Posted on March 16, 2013 at 3:54 PM

(CNN) -- Two people, including pro football player Donte Stallworth, were hospitalized Saturday after the hot air balloon they were riding in crashed into power lines in Miami, police said.

A third passenger in the balloon was not injured.

Police responded to calls at around 10 a.m. about the basket of the hot air balloon crashing into the power lines while airborne.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash with the help of Miami-Dade police, Detective Roy Rutland said.

Stallworth suffered severe burns and is in stable condition at Miami's Kendall Regional Medical Center, said his attorney, Christopher Lyons.

The wide receiver was in the balloon with a female friend when the accident occurred, according to Lyons. The lawyer did not name the woman or detail her condition.

The California native began his NFL career in 2002 with the New Orleans Saints and most recently played for the New England Patriots.

His is currently a free agent. Drew Rosenhaus, Stallworth's sports agent, said his client should be able to play again.

"He was injured, but will be fine," said Rosenhaus. "He will be able to resume his NFL career."

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