Patriots’ Chandler Jones was hospitalized after reaction to synthetic marijuana

New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones had a bad reaction to a legal substance, reportedly synthetic marijuana, when he walked to the police station confused and seeking medical attention on Sunday.

ESPN cited sources Thursday in a report that Jones did not overdose on an illegal substance — contradicting other media reports — but the Boston Globe reported Jones had a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana. Synthetic marijuana is not illegal in Massachusetts.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Thursday that health and safety of players and staff is his top priority.

“Relative to Chandler (Jones’) situation, there is nothing more important to me personally than the health and well-being of our players, staff and support people in the organization,” Belichick said, later declining multiple follow-up questions with variations of ‘I’ve addressed it.’

The Patriots said Jones was present Monday morning, the day after he received medical attention, at 6:30 a.m. lifting weights.

“That’s the way it is with this organization and me personally, and I don’t think that will ever change. We issued a statement on that, and I really don’t have anything to add to it,” Belichick said.

Jones has not been made available to the media this week.

Teammates offered support for Jones but did not delve into details of the report or speculate on his game-day status. Belichick joked Thursday that he could just “Xerox the game plan” to reporters and the Chiefs when asked if Jones would be involved.

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