Goodell: Stallworth will be reinstated

Updated: February 5, 2010, 6:06 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- 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 Sunday.

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."


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