National Football League

Jets release Kelechi Osemele after injury battle

EH0-KGTX0AIUcypThe New York Jets have released OL Kelechi Osemele and activated LB James Burgess from the practice squad.

Osemele, who had been engaged in an injury dispute with the organization, didn’t show up Friday to the team facility — and it was deemed an unexcused absence by the Jets, a source said.

Osemele was in Boston to have surgery Friday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, according to his agent, Andrew Kessler. The procedure wasn’t authorized by the Jets, who have since listed Osemele as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The surgery didn’t come as a surprise, as Osemele indicated Wednesday that he was planning to have it whether or not he received authorization.

His agents told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday that the surgery went well, but damage to the shoulder was more extensive than anticipated. Osemele’s reps and the NFLPA have been considering specific action against the Jets’ team doctors for violations of state medical board regulations.

Additionally, the Jets have signed LB Ukeme Eligwe to the practice squad.

ESPN contributed to this report.

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