The NFL has decided to suspend (without pay) Cleveland Browns receiver Donte’ Stallworth for the entire 16-game schedule in 2009. He will not be eligible for reinstatement until after the Super Bowl.
The 28-year-old Stallworth struck and killed a pedestrian while driving under the influence of alcohol March 14 in Miami. He pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony June 16 and was suspended indefinitely by commissioner Roger Goodell two days later.
Stallworth was given a 30-day jail sentence and reached an undisclosed financial settlement with Mario Reyes' family. Police said Stallworth had spent the night drinking at a Miami Beach club. He had a blood-alcohol level of .126, above Florida's .08 legal limit.
While assuming Stallworth would eventually be suspended for at least part of the ’09 season, the Browns selected receivers Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi in the second round of April’s draft. Cleveland also still has Braylon Edwards, who is in the final year of his contract.
The Browns are currently listed at 80/1 to win Super Bowl XLIV according to oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com. They’re also 40/1 to win the AFC Championship.
Posted: 8/13/09 4:20PM ET