Jets rookie ‘experienced a medical event’ before car crash

Jalen Saunders missed the Jets' last preseason game.

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What led to Jalen Saunders’ car accident?

The Jets’ rookie wide receiver was hospitalized last week after he was involved in a single-car wreck in his 2014 Toyota Corolla. Details have started to emerge.

Saunders "experienced a medical event" while making a left turn near the team’s Florham Park, N.J. facility, according to a police report. Saunders didn’t make the complete left turn, as his car went across the opposing lanes and eventually struck a curb. The car left the roadway and stopped in the grass.

Police didn’t give Saunders a drug or alcohol test at the scene and the investigation into the accident is closed. Saunders was released from the hospital on Sunday morning and rejoined the team on Monday, but didn’t 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."

Ryan and the team said Saunders would speak to the media either Tuesday or Wednesday.

"He could tell you a lot better than I could about what happened and how he is and all that kind of stuff," Ryan said.

Saunders spent most of practice riding the stationary bike on the sideline and working with trainers. He did not participate in any drills as the team eases him back to the field.

Ryan did not rule out Saunders returning to practice at some point this week, but added that it’s too early to determine whether he will be available for the season opener against Oakland on Sept. 7.

"We’ll see how he is each day, and I know our trainers and our doctors are going to monitor his situation," Ryan said.

The speedy Saunders, the 104th pick overall, is expected to compete for a role as a backup receiver and punt returner. He returned two punts for 11 yards in the preseason opener against Indianapolis, but did not catch a pass.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report