Jalen Saunders returns to practice facility after 'medical event' during car accident on Friday

Jets wide receiver Jalen Saunders runs a drill Jets wide receiver Jalen Saunders runs a drill during training camp in Cortland on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Photo Credit: Hans Pennink

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders returned to the team's practice facility Monday, three days after he suffered what the police report called "a medical event'' during a one-car accident not far from the club's training center.

The Jets aren't giving any specifics about the health of their fourth-round draft pick, but coach Rex Ryan said Saunders will not play Friday against the Giants.

"Right now, we're taking a cautious approach with him, which is a smart approach,'' Ryan said. "We'll see how he progresses.''

Saunders, who was discharged from the hospital Sunday morning, began practice in the rehab area with Jets trainers. He smiled as he interacted with his teammates and spent much of practice as a spectator.

It's unclear when he'll be able to practice again.

"I'm not sure,'' Ryan said. "Again, we'll see how he is each day. And I know our trainers and doctors are going to monitor his situation.''

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Last Friday morning, Saunders was in the south left-hand turning lane at the intersection of Park Avenue and Florham Road when he experienced a "medical event'' while trying to make the turn, according to a crash investigation report obtained from the Florham Park police. He did not make a full turn, instead proceeding on an angle across the north lanes of North Avenue and striking the curb. His vehicle, a black 2014 Toyota Corolla, then left the roadway and came to rest on the grass.

Alcohol and drug tests were not administered at the scene and Saunders' car was towed to the practice facility.

The Jets said Saunders was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but after Saturday's 25-17 preseason win over the Bengals, Ryan said the receiver still was hospitalized.

Asked on Monday if Saunders will be healthy enough to play in two or three weeks, Ryan said: "I think it's too early to say right now. The main thing is the health of Jalen. I think that doing right by him will determine if he's ready to play or not.''

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