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Jets Announce They've Cut Veteran Offensive Lineman

General shot of the new Jets helmets at MetLife Stadium.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 08: General view of helmets of the New York Jets during the Preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 08, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)

Over the past two weeks, the New York Jets have been crushed for their handling of the Kelechi Osemele situation.

Osemele, a veteran offensive lineman, has been battling a shoulder injury for the entire season.

He hasn't played for the Jets in over four weeks as he battled through the injury. A Jets team doctor and an independent doctor cleared him to practice this weekend. However, the veteran offensive guard told reporters that he needed surgery to repair his torn labrum.

Osemele decided to defy the team and undergo surgery to repair the injury earlier this week.

Just a few days later, the Jets announced their decision to release him.

"We have released OL Kelechi Osemele and activated LB James Burgess from the practice squad," the Jets said in a statement.

While team doctors reportedly said Osemele could address his shoulder surgery after the season, the two-time Pro Bowler didn't want to wait.

Osemele even published a doctor's note revealing he needed to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Earlier this afternoon, ESPN's Adam Schefter revealed Osemele underwent successful surgery, but "damage to shoulder was more extensive than anticipated."

The veteran offensive lineman is likely done for the year, but is free to sign with a new team.