Florham Park, N.J., police said Friday that Jets rookie receiver Jalen Saunders had a “medical incident” in his car and is not believed to have been in a single-car crash as the team claimed earlier in the day (NJ.com, Aug. 15).
When asked by NJ.com if Saunders was involved in an accident, Sgt. Scott Bartel of the Florham Park police said “I don’t believe so.”
Bartel would not provide details, including the time and place of the incident. Saunders was on his way to the team facility in Florham Park Friday as the team gathered for its flight to Cincinnati for Saturday’s preseason game. The team said that Saunders, a fourth-round pick from Oklahoma, would not make the trip as “a precaution”. (TJB, Aug. 15).
Spokesmen for both the Morrisville (N.J.) Medical Center, where Saunders was treated, and the Jets declined comment when asked about the incident by NJ.com.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comFirst and foremost our hope is that Saunders is well and recovering quickly. We’re glad that whatever the medical incident was didn’t seem to incur further injuries from the crash.
Less importantly, our hope that this isn’t something that will keep Saunders from playing for the Jets for a long time. We love the grit that Saunders has brought to the receiving corps and in the return game. Losing him for an extended period of time would be a blow to a special teams group that is working to rebuild from a year ago.