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Stallworth apologizes for DUI accident

Associated Press / August 7, 2009

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Suspended Browns wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth feels he has done “irreparable harm’’ to the family of the man he killed while driving drunk and said he is ready to accept whatever ruling NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes on his future.

Stallworth, suspended indefinitely by the league for killing Mario Reyes while driving drunk in Miami, met with Goodell in New York Wednesday about a possible reinstatement.

The former Patriots speedster was recently released from jail after serving 24 days for the DUI conviction.

Stallworth yesterday apologized for his actions and vowed to conduct himself “in a manner that more accurately reflects who I am and meets the high standard expected of all NFL players.’’

“I recognize that there is a difference between the legal standard in my criminal case and the standard to which NFL players are held,’’ Stallworth said. “It is clear that I exercised poor judgment and caused irreparable harm to Mario Reyes, his family, the NFL, its owners, coaches, employees, and to my fellow players.’’

Stallworth thanked Goodell for the opportunity to express his remorse.

“Whatever [Goodell] ultimately decides is the appropriate discipline, I will accept knowing that I have profoundly affected the NFL and its relationship with the fans of our game,’’ Stallworth said. “I jeopardized the honor and privilege that I have been given to be an NFL player and to play for our fans. I am truly sorry.’’

The league has given no indication when Goodell will rule on Stallworth, who struck and killed Reyes March 14, just a few hours after drinking at a Miami Beach club.

Stallworth had a blood-alcohol level of .126, above Florida’s .08 legal limit.

Hadnot injured
The Browns could be facing another loss after guard Rex Hadnot was carted off the practice field after suffering a possible serious injury to his left knee. Hadnot, who started 15 games for the Browns last season, got hurt while pass blocking during team drills. The 6-foot-2-inch, 320-pounder was engaged with defensive lineman Louis Leonard when rookie linebacker David Veikune got pushed into the outside of Hadnot’s left knee. Hadnot crumpled to the grass in obvious pain as team medical personnel rushed to assist him. There was no immediate word on his condition . . . The Texans signed free agent cornerback Deltha O’Neal, who made 32 tackles and had three interceptions in 16 games with the Patriots last season . . . A bad back is expected to prevent Bills starting right tackle Brad Butler from playing in Buffalo’s preseason opener in the Hall of Fame game against Tennessee Sunday . . . Falcons coach Mike Smith confirmed that receiver Harry Douglas will miss the season after a suffering a knee injury Wednesday. The Falcons will also be without safety William Moore for up to four weeks after the rookie second-round pick had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee . . . The Bengals added to their depleted tight end group, signing free agent Matt Sherry. The team lost starter Reggie Kelly for the season (Achilles’) and reserves Ben Utecht (concussion) and Daniel Coats (ankle) were injured in practice Tuesday . . . Steelers right guard Darnell Stapleton will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today. The team has no timetable set for his return . . . Packers tight end Tory Humphrey will undergo surgery today for a broken forearm suffered in a collision with safety Aaron Rouse. The team won’t know until after the surgery whether Humphrey will miss the season.

Odds and ends
Defensive end Jason Taylor is getting rave reviews in his second stint with the Dolphins. “The guy’s a tremendous, tremendous pro,’’ coach Tony Sparano said during the break between team’s two practices. “The guy comes out here, he doesn’t say boo, he works his tail off, goes a million miles an hour.’’ . . . Bills QB Trent Edwards said he’s not yet sick of answering questions about noted newsmaker and teammate Terrell Owens, but he’s getting close. “As much as I try to come across that I’m still excited, the questions do get to be a lot. But that doesn’t say anything about my relationship with him,’’ Edwards said. “It just says that in any business, if you get asked a lot about a certain individual or certain topic, it gets a little frustrating because I do feel like we have other weapons.’’ . . . Rookie Mark Sanchez outplayed Kellen Clemens in the Jets’ green-white scrimmage, possibly giving him the slight edge in the team’s closely contested QB competition. Sanchez was 9 of 15 - including four dropped passes - for 70 yards. Clemens, a fourth-year veteran, was 5 of 7 for 26 yards . . . New Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton is taking the high road after the man he replaced, Jay Cutler, said Chicago’s a better football town than Denver. Orton said both cities were great . . . The woman who has accused Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of raping her at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino where she worked told authorities she has received “well over 100’’ threatening and harassing phone calls . . . The Titans will honor slain former quarterback Steve McNair by wearing a No. 9 decal on their helmets this season . . . The Chargers are warning fans there’s a chance some games will be blacked out on local TV because none of the team’s home games are close to sold out . . . Former NFL QB Tim Rattay and ex-Boston College standout linebacker Brian Toal signed with the Las Vegas franchise of the new United Football League.

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