Bizarre injuries have been the story of the New York Jets' 2019 season. Between QB Sam Darnold's mono, MLB CJ Mosley's longer-than-expected groin injury absence and TE Chris Herndon's injury right after a suspension, the Jets have been victims of some awfully bad luck.
But the latest report involving injured guard Kelechi Osemele might put the craziness all of those injuries to shame.
Earlier this week it was reported that Osemele would undergo shoulder surgery, ending his season. Yet according to the New York Post's Brian Costello, the team has not authorized him to go under the knife.
Per the report, there is "disagreement" between Osemele and the Jets over whether he needs it at all.
Costello reported that sources told him it was a pre-existing injury and that doctors had cleared him to play.
But the story only gets weirder.
Bleacher Report's Adam Lefkoe reported that the Jets have been trying to delay the surgery by sending "blank and incorrect MRI images to doctors." Furthermore, the team is allegedly refusing to even release workers compensation forms for the surgery.
But the Jets reportedly want Osemele to practice today or face discipline for "conduct detrimental to the team."
AP's Jets beat writer Dennis Waszak Jr. ultimately summarized the situation best:
- Osemele and two doctors said he needs surgery
- The Jets and two other doctors say it's a pre-existing injury he can play through
- The Jets want Osemele to practice this weekend
If any or all of these allegations are true, the Jets are going to find themselves in some serious trouble soon.
But by the same token, it looks like the Jets are going to compel Osemele to try and play for them.
There's never a dull moment when it comes to this team. If only their play on the field was as consistently interesting as the antics they get into off of it.