The NFLPA issued a statement earlier this week that it is "considering all options" to protect Osemele as well.
New York Jets guard Kelechi Osemele underwent surgery Friday to fix a torn labrum, and it appears the damage was more extensive than first thought, prompting Osemele and the NFLPA to consider specific action against the Jet's team doctor, according to a report Saturday by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Jets traded for Osemele, 30, in March, and he said he has felt pain in his shoulder since training camp.
He has filed a grievance against the team and is doing what he feels he needs to do for his health based on outside recommendations. "We will pursue through that and all fines to be rescinded through grievances".
It turned out, the move happened even sooner. He was previously listed as "doubtful" on the team's Friday injury report, but was ruled out on Saturday prior to his release. The Jets later announced they cut ties with him.
He spent the first four years of his career with the Ravens before joining the Raiders in 2016, where he went on to make back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances, including a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2017. He has not played or practiced since.
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. Sources told ESPN that the team believed Osemele could have played through the injury and had surgery at the end of the season. The offensive lineman, however, said he can no longer take painkillers and needed the surgery now so he has time to heal and prepare for next season. He then had the team doctor look at his shoulder and came to the conclusion that he had a torn labrum, but didn't need surgery.
The two sides agreed that Osemele had a torn labrum, but they disagreed on when he should have the surgery.
Osemele was a second-round draft pick of Baltimore out of Iowa State in 2012. After an injury-plagued season past year, Oakland traded him to the Jets along with a sixth-round draft pick for a fifth-rounder.