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The Jets believe Osemele can have surgery after the season, but he doesn't want to delay the process. The Jets are now planning on fining their left guard for conduct detrimental to the team if he opts to sit out. It's a messy situation, one that could easily drag on. If Osemele undergoes surgery, he's expected to miss the rest of the season.

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Why Jets’ Kelechi Osemele’s injury has him on brink of fines or suspension

Updated 3:42 PM; Today 3:41 PM 

Jets left guard Kelechi Osemele faces a major decision Saturday.

Osemele, who has missed the past two games due to injury, told reporters Friday that he has a torn labrum. The 30-year-old said he suffered the tear on Aug. 5, during training camp, but has been playing through it since. Then he re-injured the shoulder in Week 3, which knocked him out of the lineup.

According to Osemele, two doctors – including the Jets’ team doctor – have told him he needs surgery. But, he said, the team has not authorized the procedure.

A source told NJ Advance Media that two doctors have indeed examined Osemele, but that both deemed the injury to be a pre-existing condition and one that he could play through – then have repaired at the end of the season.

According to the source, the Jets want Osemele to return to practice Saturday. If he does not, he will face either fines or a suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.

 

 

 
 

 

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3 minutes ago, bitonti said:

if a dude doesn't want to play through a torn labrum, he shouldn't have to 

they don't own his ass 

most other franchises would let this one go 

They, quite literally, own his rights.

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How is this even an issue?  It's Osemele's shoulder... he has final say.  They can't void his contact for an injury got while playing. What.  Is this Any Guven Sunday?  Where's James Woods withholding the X-ray scans?

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Just now, Mogglez said:

They, quite literally, own his rights.

the Colts had the right to drag back Andrew Luck's bonus when his body failed him 

they didn't

because they had class

it was a big bonus too like 20 or 30 mil 

what's the end game for the Jets exactly? to have a guy out there hurt who doesn't want to be out there 

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1 minute ago, pdxgreen said:

How is this even an issue?  It's Osemele's shoulder... he has final say.  They can't void his contact for an injury got while playing. What.  Is this Any Guven Sunday?  Where's James Woods withholding the X-ray scans. 

 

talkin bout my check balance? 

P-H-A-T Phat baby 

 

LT should have won the oscar for this 

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I’ve been wanting to call him “Old smelly” and now have reason to besides him being terrible. 

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Just cut his fat ass if you aren't happy with his performance and then he can go get his surgery.

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9 minutes ago, pdxgreen said:

How is this even an issue?  It's Osemele's shoulder... he has final say.  They can't void his contact for an injury got while playing. What.  Is this Any Guven Sunday?  Where's James Woods withholding the X-ray scans. 

He didn't get the injury from playing here.  That's the issue.  It's a pre-existing condition and the surgery isn't necessary.

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10 minutes ago, pdxgreen said:

How is this even an issue?  It's Osemele's shoulder... he has final say.  They can't void his contact for an injury got while playing. What.  Is this Any Guven Sunday?  Where's James Woods withholding the X-ray scans. 

The Jets own Lester Diamond incident

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12 minutes ago, CTJetsFan said:

Not a good optic for the team/organization. If a guy has an injury and wants to have surgery to get it fixed, it should be his call. They want to fine him on top of it? Can't imagine that's going over too well in the locker room.

 

14 minutes ago, bitonti said:

if a dude doesn't want to play through a torn labrum, he shouldn't have to 

they don't own his ass 

most other franchises would let this one go 

 

11 minutes ago, Mogglez said:

Sounds like KO knows he's been replaced by Lewis and wants to get healthy for 2020 and Free Agency because he knows that he won't be here. 

Quite frankly, that's not cool, especially if the injury is pre-existing and playable.  He's being paid 11 million to be available this year.

 

10 minutes ago, pdxgreen said:

How is this even an issue?  It's Osemele's shoulder... he has final say.  They can't void his contact for an injury got while playing. What.  Is this Any Guven Sunday?  Where's James Woods withholding the X-ray scans. 

This 'reporter' continuously writes scathing reports about the team no matter how true or false they are... Remember the report about how Gregg Williams and Joe Vitt hate each other and there is a fractured Locker room... Yeah this writer... How Gase can't stand Gregg Williams... Again, this reporter... 

Take this guys sh*t stain of 'reporting' with a grain of salt.

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14 minutes ago, pdxgreen said:

How is this even an issue?  It's Osemele's shoulder... he has final say.  They can't void his contact for an injury got while playing. What.  Is this Any Guven Sunday?  Where's James Woods withholding the X-ray scans. 

Pre-existing condition... and who knows how true this is... This guy writes these articles and people forget about them weeks later when nothing comes of them. 

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Sounds like this could get ugly.  Sure hope this report is incorrect.  It is one thing to disagree over a diagnosis/treatment plan, but another thing altogether to falsify records.  Not sure how credible Lefkoe or his source (Osemele?) is, but I hope he got this wrong, otherwise it is a really bad look for the team.

 

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I thought the Jets got rid of dr yes years ago?

it seems like a bad call by the Jets on multiple levels. 
 

without knowing the specifics it’s hard to really say for sure but this is what permanently kills relationships, look at the redskins deal 

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3 minutes ago, Lith said:

Sounds like this could get ugly.  Sure hope this report is incorrect.  It is one thing to disagree over a diagnosis/treatment plan, but another thing altogether to falsify records.  Not sure how credible Lefkoe or his source (Osemele?) is, but I hope he got this wrong, otherwise it is a really bad look for the team.

 

Why the f would they do something like that? Makes no sense

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This could be an ugly situation. If Osmele is having doctors telling him he needs surgery, he needs to have surgery.

Screw what the team doctors say. I never trust them anyway. They work for the team, so they have the team's best interest at heart and not the player

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If the doctors say he should be able to play through this I would trust them. The doctors aren't going to make claims like that if they aren't certain because of liability. If he wants to get his surgery now then the team can't stop him though but they should not be responsible for his full salary for the season if he opts not to play when he is medically cleared.

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9 minutes ago, Mogglez said:

 

Hadn't considered that, but even if he is, players get cut for shi**y reasons (injuries) all the time.  Players should have final say over their bodies.

He didn't sign here as a FA....he was traded. Teams exchange medical info so if this was pre-existing, Jets assumed the risk. Who knows how much worse it has become or what his pain tolerance is.

The history of the NFL is littered with bad "play thru it or else" stories.

I can't defend the Jets on this one.

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43 minutes ago, bitonti said:

if a dude doesn't want to play through a torn labrum, he shouldn't have to 

they don't own his ass 

most other franchises would let this one go 

Do you have any basis for this claim that other franchises would let this go? examples?

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19 minutes ago, CTJetsFan said:

Why the f would they do something like that? Makes no sense

because they are terrible 

 

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33 minutes ago, Mogglez said:

It's two totally different situations.  First of all, Luck retired.  Secondly, if the Jets want to play him at some point later in the year, well that's exactly what he's being paid 11 million dollars to do. Play.  This is an injury he could have had surgery on LAST YEAR and he passed on it.  Now he knows that he's going to be hitting FA and wants to have surgery.  Sorry.  That's not how it works.  If the surgery isn't necessary, and it isn't, he doesn't get to ride an injury from last year to a cool 11 million because he's pissed he got benched.

so ill ask again what's the end game here for the Jets

to have an unmotivated hurt player out there not protecting 14? 

this "pre-existing condition" BS should have been pointed out when they PASSED HIM for the trade physical 

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1 minute ago, #27TheDominator said:

Why is @T0mShane injecting LT? 

the real question is why isn't he injecting LT more ? 

give the man what he asks for, baby 

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1 hour ago, jbt said:

The Jets believe Osemele can have surgery after the season, but he doesn't want to delay the process. The Jets are now planning on fining their left guard for conduct detrimental to the team if he opts to sit out. It's a messy situation, one that could easily drag on. If Osemele undergoes surgery, he's expected to miss the rest of the season.

dont blame him he need to take care of him self not many more games in him...

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59 minutes ago, dbatesman said:

Seems like taking on players other teams don’t want isn’t a great way to build a roster. Who knew?

K.O. was quickly my favorite signing of the offseason. I heard a few interviews with him and he is incredibly likable and seems like a really good guy. Point being, nothing about him comes across as a problem personality. He has underperformed this season and there have been talks of trading or benching him for weeks, I dont blame him one bit for wanting to protect himself and his prospects for next season with another team. The Jets don't care how surgery after the season negatively impacts his future after the Jets... K.O does. 

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