It looks as if Osi Umenyiora has been cleared to return to the New York Giants.
According to Tony Agnone, Umenyiora's agent, Umenyiora was cleared by a knee specialist in Atlanta, where he went Thursday for a second opinion on his left knee.
Umenyiora, who missed the entire 2008 preseason after undergoing surgery to repair torn meniscus in the knee, had been complaining about soreness and has not practiced this summer. He had already been examined by the Giants' medical staff, and it apparently believed he was ready to play again.
Now, it seems he will.
"Everything's good," said Agnone. "It looks like he's good to go, but we're going to keep monitoring the knee. It looks like everything's in good shape."
Umenyiora has been embroiled in a contractual dispute with the club, with the defensive end seeking a lucrative extension of a contract he first signed in 2005 or a trade to a club that will give him what he wants . The Giants have refused but granted him permission to seek a trade -- only to withdraw the offer two days later.
General manager Jerry Reese said Thursday that he hopes to have Umenyiora back with the club on Monday, but that is contingent, Agnone said, on what happens after he meets with the team's physicians.
Umenyiora last year set an NFL record with 10 forced fumbles.