NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders was a full participant at practice Monday for the first time in more than a week after suffering a seizure that hospitalized him for two days.
Coach Rex Ryan confirmed Monday that Saunders, a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma, had a seizure when he drove his car off the road on Aug. 15 on his way to the team’s facility. Saunders had been awaiting results of tests before being cleared to return to the field.
Saunders practiced Sunday in a red no-contact jersey, but shed that Monday and participated fully. Ryan said he expects Saunders to play a lot in the Jets’ preseason finale at Philadelphia on Thursday night.
“We feel good about that now,” Ryan said of Saunders’ condition. “He’ll be ready to roll. Expect to see a great deal of him in this game.”
The speedy Saunders is expected to play wide receiver and return punts against the Eagles. He’s listed as the team’s No. 1 punt returner.
The 2013 Second Team All-Big 12 selection described the incident as “very shocking” and that a “medical event” caused him to drive his car off the road.
In the days following, Saunders provided few details about what happened, but acknowledged that he never lost consciousness. He said he didn’t think he had any type of pre-existing condition when the accident occurred on his way to the facility.
Saunders said he’s still unsure what caused the seizure, but is “blessed to be alive.”
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