It's been a busy week for Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora and he hasn't yet practiced. Upset with the organization for not reworking his contract this offseason, Umenyiora contemplated a holdout before eventually reporting to training camp. Days later, the Giants gave him permission to seek a trade … except they were asking for a first-round pick, a steep price by most accounts.
By Wednesday, the organization informed Umenyiora that a trade was now off the table and, predictably, he wasn't psyched about the turn of events.
At the time, Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck thought Umenyiora was healthy enough to practice before adding that "I know where he is mentally, I know where he is physically. Only problem now is he's not happy with his contract."
Thursday night the soap opera continued.
Details via the Newark Star-Ledger:
The Giants informed reporters tonight Umenyiora has been sitting out because “he says he has a sore knee,” according to the team’s public relations staff. The key part there, of course, is the “he says” in that statement. Though the team says it has no reason to believe he isn’t in pain, it is clearly separating itself from the diagnosis.This is the same knee that kept Umenyiora on the sidelines for all of the 2008 season. The Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo writes that Umenyiora hasn't threatened to undergo surgery on the knee if his contract demands (or a trade) aren't met, and even if he did his recovery time wouldn't last the whole season.
A person familiar with Umenyiora’s status said he is dealing with a meniscus cartilage issue that, as The Wall Street Journal reported today, could require surgery. The person requested anonymity because the extent of the injury has not been made public.
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