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Jalen Saunders cleared to play following seizure, crash

Jets wide receiver Jalen Saunders (16) during training

Jets wide receiver Jalen Saunders (16) during training camp in Cortland, N.Y., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Credit: Hans Pennink

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders on Monday was cleared for contact and will play in the final exhibition game Thursday night in Philadelphia after suffering what Jets coach Rex Ryan acknowledged was a seizure in his one-vehicle auto accident Aug. 15.

"For somebody to go through something like that and get back to where he is cleared to play, I think that's really big for him," Ryan said of Saunders, a fourth-round draft pick. "He looked good today, I thought."

Saunders crashed his 2014 Toyota Corolla less than a mile from the Jets' practice facility after what was termed a "medical event." "He had a seizure," Ryan said, "and that is the extent of what we know. When the doctors were confident that he would be cleared, he was."

Saunders said he has no family history of seizures and said he felt fine in practice. "It was something very, very scary in my life," Saunders said. "Other than that, I'm just blessed to be here . . . I don't know the cause for it, so I really can't give you an answer for it."

Saunders said his only goal Thursday is to "play football stress-free." He has been cleared to drive again but hadn't done so as of Monday.

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Ryan said S/CB Antonio Allen (concussion) is doing well with his concussion protocol and expects to be cleared for the season opener. CB Dee Milliner (knee) is not running full yet, and his status for the opener remains in doubt . . . CBs Darrin Walls and Kyle Wilson, S Calvin Pryor and LBs Calvin Pace and David Harris will not play to make sure they are healthy for the opener . . . WRs Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates left practice with illnesses, but both are expected to play in Philly . . . Backup QBs Matt Simms and Tajh Boyd will "take 99 percent" of the snaps, Ryan said, hinting that former Eagle Michael Vick will see token action to be recognized by the Eagles' crowd.

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