Jalen Saunders had been impressive before the odd car accident over the weekend. Credit: Getty Images
The Jets' list of the walking wounded grew on Monday as a number of starters and contributors continued to spend time on the exercise bicycle and not on the field.
Dee Milliner was out again with what head coach Rex Ryan finally confirmed on Monday was a “high ankle sprain.” The good news for the Jets is their second-year cornerback walked around the field on Monday and did not wear a boot nor did he use crutches, despite walking with a noticeable limp.
“He's being aggressive with his rehab. He's progressing nicely. What that means? I guess we'll see,” Ryan said. “I know he's really attacking the rehab part of it.”
Fellow cornerback Dimitri Patterson was limited on Monday with three injuries but Ryan said he seems to be progressing well.
Rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders rode the exercise bicycle after he missed the preseason game at the Bengals due to a “medical event” suffered while driving to the team's facility. According to the police report, the vehicle Saunders was driving went off the road “leaving the roadway and coming to a rest in high grass.”
He was released from the hospital on Sunday morning. There are no details as to what caused Saunders to go off the road.
“Right now we're taking a cautious approach with him, which is a smart approach,” Ryan said.
Saunders has looked impressive since he being selected as a fourth-round draft pick in this past May's NFL Draft.
“We won't play him this week,” Ryan said. “We'll see how he progresses this week.”
Ryan was uncertain if or when Saunders would play and wouldn't commit to the rookie being able to start the regular season.
Center Nick Mangold missed Monday's practice with “a toe injury he's dealing with,” according to Ryan.