The Jets should just refrain from drafting tight ends and receivers. They're cursed.
looks like saunders passed out to me. maybe dehydrated or on the bryan thomas mcdonalds drive through diet. I hope he's ok
FLORHAM PARK – Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders was conscious and accepted medical treatment when first responders arrived at his car Friday morning, following Saunders experiencing “a medical event,” according to Lt. Matthew Gatzke of the Florham Park police department.
Gatzke said Saunders was transported to Morristown Medical Center, after he had what a police report referred to as “a medical event” in his vehicle. The Jets said Saunders was released from the hospital Sunday.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said Saunders was at the team’s facility in Florham Park on Sunday, after the Jets returned from Saturday night’s preseason game at the Bengals. Ryan said he spoke to Saunders on Sunday, but offered no details about their conversation.
“It was great to see him,” Ryan said.
The Jets and Ryan have declined to elaborate on Saunders’s medical condition, or say if there could be any long-term concerns about his health. The police report also did not elaborate on the nature of Saunders’s medical event.
Saunders was at practice Monday, but did not participate. He wore his jersey and sat on a cart in the trainers’ area. He also did some light pedaling on a stationary bike. The Jets said their medical team wants to ease him back into practice.
Ryan has ruled Saunders out of playing in Friday night’s third preseason game, against the Giants. The Jets practice again on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and have a walk-through practice Thursday at Hofstra. Ryan said Saunders has not yet been ruled out of potentially returning to practice this week.
Ryan said he is “not sure” when exactly Saunders might be able to practice again. Ryan also said it is “too early to say” whether Saunders will miss any regular season games.
When asked directly what is wrong with Saunders, Ryan said, “He can tell you a lot better than I could, on what happened, how he is and all that kind of stuff. I don’t have that information right now to tell you.”
The Jets said Saunders will speak to reporters Tuesday or Wednesday. It is unclear if Saunders plans to shed any light on what happened to him Friday morning.
At 7:50 a.m. Friday, Saunders was driving his black 2014 Toyota Corolla westbound on Florham Park Road when he attempted to make a left turn to head south onto Park Avenue. The intersection is maybe a minute from the Jets’ complex.
But as he negotiated the turn, Saunders experienced the medical event, according to the report, which also stated: "Vehicle did not make a full turn and proceeded on an angle across the north lanes of Park Avenue, striking a curb. After striking the curb [Saunders's vehicle] continued forward leaving the roadway and coming to a rest in high grass … "
While not offering many details Monday about Saunders’s situation, Ryan did say, “Right now, we’re taking a cautious approach with him, a smart approach. He won’t play this week. We’ll see how he progresses. I know our trainers and our doctors are going to monitor his situation.”
Saunders is not one of the Jets’ top-line receivers, but he is listed as their first-team punt returner. His status for the Sept. 7 season opener against the Raiders is up in the air.
“I think from standing here, it’s easy to say, ‘Ah, I think he’ll play,’” Ryan said. “But we don’t know, really, how he’s going to progress through this exercise and all that. The main thing is, the health of our player, the health of Jalen. I think doing right by him will determine if he’s ready to play or not.
“I think the big thing is, I’m just leaning on the professionals’ advice, on how we’re going to approach it. For us to say ‘oh, yeah, he’s ready to go,’ or whatever, I think it’s a lot smarter to put it in somebody else’s hands that knows a lot more about it.”
Edited by Larz, 19 August 2014 - 09:09 PM.