Jets 4th-round draft pick Jalen Saunders missed two preseason games for an undisclosed reason. On Monday the Jets let Saunders practice and revealed the reason for his absence.
The New York Jets told the media on Monday that rookie WR Jalen Saunders suffered a seizure while driving 10 days ago, which led to a one-car accident that prevented him from playing the last two preseason games.
In a press conference on Monday, Jets head coach Rex Ryan addressed Saunders’ recent return to practice in full pads after missing two preseason games due to an undisclosed reason.
On Friday August 15, Sauders suffered a seizure while driving, which led to a one-car crash that forced the rookie to go to the hospital for observation. He missed the following day’s preseason game against the Bengals and was held out of practices the following week, missing Friday’s game against the Giants as well.
Saunders, a 4th-round draft pick from Oklahoma, returned to practice on Monday after being medically cleared by team doctors. He is expected to compete for the primary Punt Returner position with WR Jeremy Kerley, WR Saalim Hakim and CB Kyle Wilson.
The draft pick the Jets used to draft Saunders was the 2nd of two draft picks the team received from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for CB Darrelle Revis in 2013. They also received a 1st-round pick, the 13th overall pick which the Jets used to draft Defensive Rookie of the Year Sheldon Richardson.