On Tuesday evening, the Boston Herald reported that New England Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones was hospitalized on Sunday morning after showing up to the Foxborough Police Department. The incident was described as a "medical emergency" and not much more information than that was immediately available.
Late afternoon on Wednesday, the Boston Globe reported that Jones' hospitalization was due to a bad reaction to a substance he put in his body. The Globe noted in its report that its source was adamant that Jones did not overdose on a drug such as heroin or cocaine.
Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones had a bad reaction to a substance he put into his body, leading to his hospitalization early Sunday, a source familiar with the situation told the Globe on Wednesday.
The source was adamant that Jones did not overdose on a drug such as cocaine or heroin. The source said Jones lives near the Foxborough police station, and he walked there to seek help after he had the bad reaction.
Later in the day, Globe reporter Christopher Gasper tweeted that he was informed that the substance Jones put in his body was not prescribed by a pharmacist or team medical personnel, and shortly after that stated that his source confirmed the substance was synthetic marijuana.
I've had this confirmed on Chandler Jones. We're not talking about a drug that was prescribed by a pharmacist or team medical personnel.— Christopher Gasper (@cgasper) January 13, 2016
Source with knowledge of the situation confirms it was synthetic marijuana that caused Chandler Jones' bad reaction and hospitalization.— Christopher Gasper (@cgasper) January 13, 2016
At this point, the Patriots have confirmed only that Jones was taken to and released from Norwood Hospital on Sunday, and that he has practiced every day this week.