Tag:Osi Umenyiora
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:24 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 12:37 pm

Despite no new money, Osi ready to play

UmenyioraPosted by Josh Katzowitz

If Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has his way, he’ll make his 2011 debut Sunday when New York travels to Arizona for Sunday’s game.

Of course, if Umenyiora had his way, he’d also be making more than the $3.125 million he’s scheduled to earn this season.
But despite the ongoing contract dispute with Giants general manager Jerry Reese. Umenyiora said he has stopped contemplating his next financial move. He just wants to play again.

"Money can't be a motivator for you on the actual football field," Umenyiora said, via the New York Daily News. "That's not the way I've ever been. We'll have the offseason to think about that. But not right now."

Umenyiora has been out of action since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in August that was supposed to keep him out three to four weeks. It’s been a little longer than that, but this week was the first week Umenyiora practiced all three days, so it seems there’s a pretty good chance he’ll suit up and step out on the field.

Osi's road back
He’s listed as questionable and he was limited in practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but Umenyiora seemed fairly confident he would be in the lineup. Especially since defensive end Justin Tuck is ailing with groin and neck injuries and also is questionable to play after only practicing Friday.

And while Umenyiora’s contract issues probably won’t be in the forefront of Umenyiora’s mind, it probably will be hard to erase it completely.

"I feel like I'm constantly disrespected," he said. "I always feel like I need to prove myself. This season is no different from next season or the season before."

He means that in the most general way possible and it wasn’t specifically pointed at Reese and the Giants front office. He also said that if the Giants take him on the trip to Arizona, (which, according to Giants Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin, he did), he’s definitely going to play.

And if Tuck can’t play -- and that seems likely -- the Giants are going to need Umenyiora for a squad which continues to have major injury problems on defense.

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 11:00 pm

Jacobs: skeptics can return to 'miserable lives'

Brandon Jacobs doesn't care if you never believed in the Giants. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Not many people outside of New York figured the battered Giants stood much of a chance Sunday against the self-anointed Dream Team, division rival Philadelphia. So naturally, the Giants jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and won going away, 29-16.

The Eagles looked more like the Washington Generals, and quarterback Michael Vick was forced from the game with a bruised hand and plenty to say about the state of NFL officiating.

Meanwhile, the Giants, now 2-1, are tied with the Cowboys and Redskins for the best record in the NFC East. (The Dream Team is 1-2.) And New York running back Brandon Jacobs has a few words for the doubters.

"The people outside that want to say they're fans and don't believe in us, I couldn't care less if they ever believed in us," Jacobs said, according to the New York Daily News. "They don't mean anything to us if they didn't believe in us. They can go back and finish living their miserable lives as they've been living and hoping that they lose and whatever."

Jacobs, who has a reputation as something of a hot head, wasn't finished. "In this locker room, guys are ready to play," he said. "And I look in a lot of guys' eyes and see that they're ready to go ... The only thing that matters is the people that's on this football team and in this organization."

In less incendiary news, the Giants could have Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck in the lineup against the Cardinals Sunday. Umenyiora hasn't yet played this season after undergoing knee surgery during training camp, and Tuck has missed practice this week because of groin and neck issues. Head coach Tom Coughlin said he was "optimistic" about Tuck's availability in Arizona, though, in regards to Umenyiora, would only allow that “We’re going to have to watch and see how he comes back.” 

One thing's for certain, however: Jacobs doesn't care what you think.

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Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:02 pm

Tuck is confident he'll be back by Week 2

J. Tuck plans to be back by Week 2 (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If the Giants aren’t feeling the effects of a Rex Grossman hangover the past two days, they probably should be. On a defense that’s been ravaged by injuries during the preseason -- here’s the list: Osi Umenyiora, Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara, Marvin Austin and Clint Sintim -- Grossman had little trouble picking apart New York and led his team to the win against New York.

But it sounds like the Giants might be getting some reinforcements this weekend in the form of Justin Tuck, who sat out Week 1 with a neck injury.

“Honestly, talking to you right now, I don’t see how I won’t play Monday,” Tuck told the Newark Star Ledger. “But that’s me. Obviously we have to go through the process of doctors, coaches, general manager and going through what’s most important for me and for this football team.”

So, even though he doesn’t see how he won’t play, he’s also smart enough to know that he doesn’t necessarily have a say in whether he can.

Tuck told the paper that his neck, where he suffered a stinger during the third preseason game, is feeling better. Apparently, he’s a quick healer since it was just a couple days ago when he said the injury was stagnant and his neck didn’t seem to be improving much at all.

“The pain level has kind of dropped tremendously, actually," Tuck said. "But there are times when it’s very annoying. A lot of the times it’s tremendously hard to get comfortable, feeling tightness in there. Your mind can play with that, too … You just want to take your time with it.”

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Posted on: September 2, 2011 4:31 pm

Giants' Sintim latest to be lost to injury

Posted by Ryan Wilson

When it comes to injuries, the Giants haven't caught a break this preseason. There was Osi Umenyiora's well publicized knee ("Is he hurt? Is he faking? Oh, it is legit…"), and the team lost cornerback Terrell Thomas last week when he blew out his ACL. There's also first-round pick, cornerback Prince Amukamara (broken foot), second-round pick, defensive tackle Marvin Austin (torn pectoral muscle), and now we can add linebacker Clint Sintim's name to the list.

Sintim, a 2009 second-rounder, suffered a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee during Thursday's meaningless preseason game against the Patriots and he will be out for the year. This comes nine months after he tore his ACL against the Rams last December.

His teammate Michael Boley called it “heartbreaking” and head coach Tom Coughlin called it “devastating," according to the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano.

“You’ve got to feel badly for a guy that’s coming back off a serious knee (injury),” Coughlin said after the game. “Works his tail off, really didn’t say a word the whole preseason, just did what he had to do, worked on the field. And then to see that happen tonight. It was devastating.”

Sintim has struggled to stay healthy during his short NFL career. “It’s tough, especially when you know what he went through over the course of this offseason,” Boley said. “Then something terrible like this happens again, it’s heartbreaking.”

Unfortunately Sintim is familiar with the rehab process. “That’s the way football is,” he said, via Vacchiano. “I’m going to give myself a couple of days and I’m going to get back on the grind.”

“He’ll bounce back,” Coughlin added. "But to have to go through what he’s got to go through again in terms of the rehab, etc., we feel real bad for Clint.”

Sintim's injury could pave the way for Mark Herzlich to backdoor his way onto the roster. The former BC standout and cancer survivor was signed as an undrafted free agent in late July, though the New York Post's Paul Schwartz writes that Herzlich is still a long shot for the final 53.

"Staying around won't be easy. Another undrafted rookie linebacker, Spencer Paysinger, started [against the Patriots Thursday night] as the Giants went exclusively with backups. Two other rookies, Greg Jones and Jacquian Williams, got on the field on defense before Herzlich; Williams was a terror with three sacks. In the cruel reality of football, Clint Sintim, went down in the third quarter with a season-ending right knee injury. That roster spot might now belong to Herzlich, a sinister irony. When Herzlich was receiving cancer treatments, he often spoke with Sintim, then a linebacker at Virginia."

"I feel really badly for him," Herzlich said. "I told him we've been through worse, man. It's all about coming back and keeping your mind on the goal."

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Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:48 pm

Hot Routes 8.20.11: Patterson returns to Eagles

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Eagles DT Mike Patterson -- who collapsed in a scary situation two weeks ago -- returned to the team Saturday. He saw four specialists for his arteriovenus malformation diagnosis, and he’s been cleared to play football again. Coach Andy Reid said he’d be cautious with Patterson and slowly work him back into the lineup.
  • Lions RB Jahvid Best says he’s not concerned about the possible head injury he suffered against the Browns on Friday. “It was nothing bad, but I just wasn't feeling right so they told me to sit down,” Best said.
  • CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge explains why this year will be the year for the rest of the AFC South to crack the Colts hold on the division title.
  • This can’t sit all that well with Eagles fans. The team has re-signed Reggie Wells, a backup guard last year. That might mean Philadelphia isn’t exactly a Dream Team yet, particularly on the offensive line.
  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn’t sure when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor. Apparently, Jones hasn’t done enough to secure the vote of Jones.

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

Osi Umenyiora heads for surgery on right knee

Posted by Ryan Wilson

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m. ET: Via CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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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Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:25 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 10:28 am

Osi Umenyiora contract saga not over yet?

Posted by Will Brinson

Osi Umenyiora returned to practice with the Giants Monday. So it's all good, let's move on, get back to the business of football and there's nothing to see here, folks, with respect to Osi's still maybe lingering contract demands.

Right? Yeah, not so much. Giants teammate Justin Tuck, considered a "confidant," said as much on Monday afternoon.

"Just because he's back on the football field doesn't mean this whole saga is over," 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."

Read: Osi is going to work with the team but he's not happy about his situation with the Giants, regardless of whether or not he showed up for practice. Osi's situation, coupled with his health and the potential emergence of Jason Paul-Pierre, should make for some pretty spicy rotations in 2011.

"I wouldn’t be surprised if, from time to time, [Osi] has to stay out of [the game]," Tom Coughlin said, per our Giants Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin, when discussing whether Umenyiora would rest during the season.

So what does this mean for blooming-star-in-the-wings J P-P? Well, lots of moving around.

"Basically, it is going to be a rotation again, and the coaches already told me that I am going to be working both sides," Pierre-Paul said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. "I am not going to be on one side. I will be playing right end and left end."

Paul-Pierre looked stupendous in the early going against the Panthers on Saturday and prompted many a scribe -- yours truly included -- to urge Osi to scramble for a pen and sign his incentives contract to bump up his pay before he lost his starting job.

That was/is primarily a joke, but the Giants are in an enviable position: they have a older star defensive end who finally showed up to camp and is playing and because of the youngster that's blossoming into a solid draft pick, they maintain the leverage of not being forced into acquiescing to Osi's demands.

Worst case is Osi starts sitting out again and Paul-Pierre becomes a starter. Or the Giants deal Osi and get something in return.

Best case? They have one of the strongest defensive-end rotations in the NFL.

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Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:32 pm

Smith-McCoy meeting didn't go all that well

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might recall that, after hearing Giants DE Osi Umenyiora wanted out of New York, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy basically laughed at him, tweeting that Umenyiora was soft and the third-best DE on the team. You can see that graphic right here:

Umenyiora and McCoy

In response, Umenyiora referred to McCoy as a “she” and said that the Giants defense referred to McCoy as the cute and colorful nicknames of “Chihuahua” and “Lady Gaga.” To be fair, McCoy gained 175 yards in two games against New York last year and averaged 7.29 yards per carry, so he was pretty darn good against Philadelphia. Maybe not Lady Gaga great, but pretty decent nonetheless.

Then, WR Steve Smith jumped into the fray, posting a picture of an empty Eagles trophy case and another action shot of Smith celebrating the Giants Super Bowl title.

All of which was going to make Smith’s signing with the Eagles very, very uncomfortable. Especially because Smith said he was going to give McCoy a hug (no word on whether it was a chest-to-chest hug or one arm-one pat embrace).

“That’s going to take a little time. He wasn’t the happiest,” Smith told reporters, including the Philadelphia Sports Daily, after practice Monday. “He said he meant what he said, so it’s all good.”

I bet Umenyiora -- and his Giants teammates -- don’t feel that anything is “all good.”

Especially when Giants DE Justin Tuck said the team would take McCoy’s tweets personally while basically calling McCoy a ‘fraidy cat. “I honestly think social media has made people cowards. Where I’m from, if you had a problem with somebody, you said it to their face. I think now people are hiding behind computers and smart phones to get out something they got on their chest where I’m used to having a problem with a person, you go tell it to their face. You don’t go blast it out so everybody in the world can see about it."

No word on which side Smith will fight on if Umenyiora and McCoy throw down during one of the Eagles-Giants contests.

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