NEW YORK - Cleveland Browns receiver Donté Stallworth was indefinitely suspended by the NFL yesterday for driving drunk and killing a pedestrian in Miami.

"The conduct reflected in your guilty plea resulted in the tragic loss of life and was inexcusable," commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Stallworth.

"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," Goodell said.

Stallworth, who will not be paid during the suspension, pleaded guilty this month to a DUI manslaughter charge for striking Mario Reyes, 59, on March 14. He began serving a 30-day jail sentence Tuesday and has reached a financial settlement with the family of the construction worker.

After jail, the former Eagle must serve 2 years of house arrest and spend 8 years on probation. The house-arrest provisions would allow him to play.

Goodell said that, eventually, he would contact Stallworth's representatives before determining the length of the suspension.

The NFL Players Association said it would have no comment. Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said the team would comment later. *