- The Washington Times - Friday, June 19, 2009

From combined dispatches

Donte Stallworth will get out of jail in four weeks. Now it’s up to Roger Goodell to say when the Cleveland Browns receiver can return to the field.

Stallworth was indefinitely suspended by the NFL commissioner Thursday, two days after he began a 30-day jail sentence for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in Miami.

In a letter to Stallworth, Goodell said Thursday the player’s actions caused “irreparable harm.” He will not be paid while suspended.

Stallworth pleaded guilty this month to a DUI manslaughter charge for striking Mario Reyes on March 14. He began serving a 30-day jail sentence Tuesday and has reached a financial settlement with the family of the 59-year-old construction worker.

After jail, the 28-year-old Stallworth must serve two years of house arrest and spend eight years on probation. The house arrest provisions would allow him to play.

“The conduct reflected in your guilty plea resulted in the tragic loss of life and was inexcusable,” Goodell wrote. “While the criminal justice system has determined the legal consequences of this incident, it is my responsibility as NFL commissioner to determine appropriate league discipline for your actions, which have caused irreparable harm to the victim and his family, your club, your fellow players and the NFL.”

In the letter, excerpts of which were released by the NFL, Goodell said he eventually will contact Stallworth’s representatives before determining the length of the suspension.

Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said the team would comment later.

The last indefinite suspension by Goodell was of Adam “Pacman” Jones, then with the Dallas Cowboys, in October 2008. The suspension later became a six-week ban.

BRONCOS: Holdout wide receiver Brandon Marshall reported to camp - his own.

The Pro Bowl Denver receiver, who skipped the team’s mandatory minicamp last weekend in a contract dispute, is holding a two-day youth football camp for 500 children at a local high school.

Asked whether he thought this youth football camp was his grand goodbye to the community that has embraced him, Marshall said nothing good lasts forever.

“I think we saw this past year as far as change, as for changes in our front office,” Marshall said. “Coach Shanahan being here 13 years. Gone! I think that’s part of life. You know it’s just change.”

“You can control what you can control, and what you can’t control you don’t worry about. So I’m here to show my wisdom, to give wisdom and get a feel for the kids.”

STEELERS: Pittsburgh signed a trio of draft picks to three-year contracts.

The Steelers signed receiver Mike Wallace, defensive end Ra’Shon Harris and center A.Q. Shipley on Thursday. Six of their nine picks from this year’s draft are now under contract.

CHIEFS: Missouri officials have approved a deal to bring Kansas City’s training camp back to the state for at least 10 years.

The agreement approved Thursday by the Missouri Development Finance Board guarantees the Chiefs will train in Missouri over that span in exchange for $25 million in tax credits. If the Chiefs don’t follow through, they would owe penalties to the state.

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