Jets rookies have had a tough time staying healthy so far. First round pick Calvin Pryor suffered a concussion that kept him out of the team’s first preseason game and fourth round pick Shaq Evans will miss the entire year after tearing his ACL last week.
On Friday, the Jets got another rookie scare when Jalen Saunders was taken to the hospital following what the team called a “one car accident.” On Saturday, police officials released information that contradicts what the Jets told us.
Florham Park, NJ Police told NJ.com that Saunders was not in an accident but had a “medical incident” in his vehicle while going to the Jets training facility. According to a league source, Saunders is “fine.”
Rookie receiver Jalen Saunders, who was involved in what the Jets called “a single-car accident” Friday morning, had what police described as a “medical incident” that is not believed to have involved a crash.
A league source said Saunders is “fine.”
The Jets would only say that Saunders, 21, was on his way to the Jets’ practice facility in Florham Park on Friday morning, and that he “is being monitored as a precaution” at a hospital back in New Jersey.
But Sgt. Scott Bartel of the Florham Park Police Department told NJ.com that Saunders had a “medical incident” inside his vehicle. Asked whether Saunders was involved in an accident, Bartel replied, “I don’t believe so.”
Bartel provided no further details, including where the incident occurred or what time Friday morning it took place.
Robert Seman, a spokesman for the Morristown Medical Center, refused to comment on Saunders’s status when contacted by NJ.com. Seman referred all questions about Saunders to the Jets.
Hopefully for the Jets and Saunders, this doesn’t amount to anything serious. It is unclear why the story from the Jets and the police do not match up. When more details on Saunders’ condition are revealed, we will update the story.
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