Kelechi Osemele says he’s having shoulder surgery Friday

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Jets guard Kelechi Osemele‘s battle with the team over his shoulder injury hasn’t come to an end, but Osemele says he’s moving forward with his preferred treatment option later this week.

Osemele said last week that he needs shoulder surgery while the Jets contended that doctors said he could continue playing through the injury. As a result, the Jets would not authorize the surgery and then fined Osemele for conduct detrimental to the team when he did not practice last Saturday.

On Wednesday, Osemele said, per multiple reporters, that he went for a third opinion and that he will have surgery on Thursday despite the fact that the Jets have still not authorized the operation. Osemele also said that the Jets have continued to fine him and that he will pursue a grievance against the team because of those fines.

Osemele would miss the rest of the season if he has the surgery. He remains under contract for 2020, but it seems highly unlikely that the two sides will continue their working relationship.

8 responses to “Kelechi Osemele says he’s having shoulder surgery Friday

  1. Really bummed. Thought this was a great trade when it went down. Jets probably think he is trying to get a head start on 2020 free agentsy.

  2. If i were in his shoes i would seek one more opinion before filing the grievance, And don’t seek out Dr. Jerruh Jones’ opinion, he will say you are good to play without even knowing what’s wrong.

  3. I just don’t see people having this kind of surgery just to get traded or release. You have to think his issues are real. But then again, I’d go to extreme measures to get off the Jets.

  4. I’m not sure the way he handled this will endear him to other teams. It won’t help him either that he’s going to be 31 before next season. Add to that he was benched then decided to pull a Jalen Ramsey and he may not find anyone willing to sign him to any contract. You can pull a Jalen Ramsey when you’re a player with loads of talent. You may find yourself with egg on your face when you are an old player with very little talent and zero upside.

  5. It’s not like he’s quitting. He’s clearly injured, better to be safe than sorry if I’m Osemele and have the surgery. Jets aren’t going anywhere this year anyway.

  6. You can pull a Jalen Ramsey when you’re a player with loads of talent.

    Didn’t know Ramsey had a labrum tear in addition to his fake back injury.

    KO played hurt ALL YEAR for a really poor Raider team in 18. Great teammate, hard worker. Talented as they come in power scheme when healthy.

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