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Former Sooner Jalen Saunders back with N.Y. Jets after accident, will sit out preseason game

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 18, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders will sit out the New York Jets’ preseason game against the Giants on Friday after being hospitalized over the weekend following a car accident.

Saunders, a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma, had what police called a “medical event” on his way to the team’s practice facility last Friday morning. He was released from the hospital Sunday morning and rejoined the team Monday, but did not practice.

“Right now, we’re taking a cautious approach with him, which is a smart approach,” coach Rex Ryan said. “We’ll see how he progresses.”

According to an incident report by the Florham Park Police Dept., Saunders experienced an unspecified “medical event” as he made a left turn onto Park Ave. — less than a minute from the facility — at 7:50 a.m. Saunders didn’t complete the turn, and his 2014 black Toyota Corolla struck a curb and stopped in “high grass.”

Saunders wasn’t given a drug or alcohol test by police, and there is no pending investigation. He was taken to the hospital, and his car was towed to the Jets’ facility.

The police didn’t provide any further details, and Ryan and the team said Saunders would speak to the media either Tuesday or Wednesday.

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