NFL to reinstate Stallworth after Super Bowl

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that Cleveland Browns

wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth will be reinstated from his

suspension for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk.

At his annual Super Bowl-week news conference, Goodell said

Stallworth’s suspension will be lifted after the Super Bowl on


Goodell said he met with Stallworth about a month ago, and

the receiver is “in a better place than he was.” Goodell said

Stallworth recognized what he did wrong and has prepared himself to

return to the NFL.

Stallworth spent 24 days in jail for a DUI manslaughter

conviction in the case. The accident occurred last March in South

Florida, and he was suspended without pay last August.

The Browns will likely wait until after reinstatement before

announcing their intentions, although it’s possible he will be

released. He made just seven starts for the Browns in 2008 because

of injuries, with 17 catches for 170 yards.

“We really haven’t (made a decision),” Browns general manager

Tom Heckert said. “It’s something Randy (Browns owner Randy Lerner)

is probably going to be involved in as well. We’ll have to discuss

it as an organization.”