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Osi Umenyiora heads for surgery on right knee

Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 4:43 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m. ET: Via Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin: "While the Giants have said that Osi Umenyiora will likely be out for three to four weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery, several other reports have sources quoting a four-to-six week recovery time. Both the NY Daily News and The Bergen Record have reported that Umenyiora’s absence could be longer than the initial projections."


Remember those discussions a few weeks back about Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora exaggerating a right knee injury as an excuse to miss practice and protest his contract situation? Turns out, his knee really was bothering him. So much so that he'll undergo arthroscopic surgery and will likely miss three to four weeks.

"It is a simple debridement," said Dr. Robbie Barnes, team vice president of medical services, according to Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin. "Osi called me at the end of practice yesterday to let me know that he wanted to have surgery now," general manager Jerry Reese said.

"It was better to do it now as opposed to mid-season," Umenyiora said. "It was going to have to be done, the only question was when. If I'm going to miss a little while, I would prefer it be now than at the crucial part of our season. It's the best decision for the team and myself."

Reese added: "After practicing for three days he had some swelling in the knee, and it was clear that we were going to have to adjust his practice routine to every other day. ... He told me how much he really enjoyed being back on the field this week, and he’s looking forward to getting back out there once he recovers from the procedure.” 

As recently as Wednesday, we were still hearing that Umenyiora was unhappy about his contract situation. "Just because he's back on the football field doesn't mean this whole saga is over," teammate Justin Tuck said, per Tom Rock of Newsday. "But he's doing what he thinks is best to help this football team and himself, and you have to give him credit for that."

Now Umenyiora will be on the shelf for several weeks recovering from surgery on the same knee that kept him sidelined for all of the 2008 season. And unless something changes in the meantime, when he returns, he will still be without a new contract or a new team.

Raskin reports that coach Tom Coughlin has no plans for linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka to return to defensive end in Umenyiora's absence. "Maybe he comes back fast," Coughlin said. "Maybe it's three weeks." Until then, Coughlin says the young players will have to "step up."

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Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:32 pm

Osi Umenyiora heads for surgery on right knee

lol after holding out a week and begging for trade or new contract he gets hurt- hes definatly not getting a bigger contract form the giants he doesnt deserve one now

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:11 pm

Osi Umenyiora heads for surgery on right knee

Great business decison not give give this guy a new deal!!  Osi knew he was injured and was trying to milk the Giants.  What a snake.

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