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Ravens WR Clayton To Miss Part Of Preseason

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mark Clayton will miss a portion of the team's preseason because of the hamstring injury he suffered Sunday, Coach John Harbaugh said Thursday.

"It's going to be a few preseason games," Harbaugh said, according to the Ravens' Web site. "We're not going to be in any hurry to bring him back. He had some significant bleeding in there, so we're going to be very safe with that."

The Ravens reportedly are confident that Clayton will be ready for the start of the regular season.

-- BROWNS: A day after meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about his indefinite suspension from the league, wide receiver Donte' Stallworth said in a written statement issued Thursday that he will accept Goodell's decision about whether he'll be reinstated.

Stallworth also apologized for his "poor judgment" and the "irreparable harm" he caused.

He served 24 days in prison for DUI manslaughter. Stallworth pleaded guilty in June after an accident in Miami Beach in March in which Stallworth's vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian, 59-year-old Mario Reyes.

In his written statement, Stallworth said: "I wanted to meet with Commissioner Goodell before making any public comment about the impact of my actions on the National Football League. . . . I recognize that there is a difference between the legal standard in my criminal case and the standard to which NFL players are held."

-- CHARGERS: Now that Eli Manning has agreed to a new contract with the New York Giants, the speculation has begun that the quarterback traded for Manning on draft day in 2004, the San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers, could be next in line for a new deal.

Rivers is entering the final season of his contract, and both of the other quarterbacks among the "Big Three" in the '04 draft, Manning and the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, have handsome new contracts.

Manning and the Giants agreed to a six-year contract extension that, according to a source, is worth about $97.5 million and includes approximately $35 million guaranteed.


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