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Jets' Fiedler to undergo shoulder surgery

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (Dec. 8, 2005) -- Jets quarterback Jay Fiedler will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.

Coach Herman Edwards said that he didn't know when Fiedler would have the surgery or a timetable for recovery. Fiedler was injured seven plays after Chad Pennington was hurt against Jacksonville in September and has been out since then.

Fiedler, who signed with the team in the offseason as insurance should Pennington get hurt, tried to return to practice this week but was unable to make all the throws.

"He's been trying to come back, he just doesn't have the strength to let it go," Edwards said. "That's the prudent thing to do for him to get him healed up."

The move might mean the end of his Jets career. Fiedler signed a one-year deal, and the Jets never really got a good look at what he can do. Plus, Pennington is also coming off season-ending shoulder surgery, leaving big questions at the position.

Edwards refused to talk about plans for next season, but said it was tough to lose Fiedler.

"He was excited about being here, we were excited about having him here," Edwards said. "It just didn't work out. A lot of things didn't work out. That's the way it is."

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