FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Adam Gase would not address the Kelechi Osemele situation, but the NFL Players Association released a statement Thursday morning in support of the Jets left guard.
Osemele said he will have season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum whether the Jets authorize it or not. To this point, they haven’t.
“It is not appropriate or ethical for employers in any line of work to dictate the medical care and treatment of any employee,” the NFLPA statement read. “We are considering all options to protect Kelechi Osemele, as we would for any of our members.”
The Jets doctors feel that Osemele’s condition is pre-existing and he can play through it. An independent second doctor had similar findings.
But Osemele sought a third opinion in Boston this week. That doctor recommended that Osemele “undergo a right shoulder arthroscopy, labral repair and cyst debridement.” Osemele posted the doctor’s note from Pro Sports Orthopedics on his Instagram page late Wednesday night.
Osemele has filed a grievance with the Players Association because the Jets have been fining him the maximum amount for “conduct detrimental to the team” for every day he misses practice.
Gase declined to comment, saying his focus is on getting the team ready to play Jacksonville on Sunday.
“You have to ask those guys,” Gase said referring to the Jets front office. “I haven’t been involved in this. My job is to coach the team.”
GM Joe Douglas was not available for comment, and has not spoken to reporters since August.