The Giants placed defensive end Osi Umenyiora on injured reserve in August after he tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee in a preseason game.
But the New York Post reports that Umenyiora says that if the Giants hadn’t made that move, he could have returned before the end of the season.
“I got off crutches about a week and half, two weeks ago,” Umenyiora said yesterday. “I’m doing some jogging, some light drills. I’m progressing pretty well and I’m a little bit ahead of schedule.”
There were indications in August that the Giants may have acted too hastily in putting Umenyiora on IR, and although Umenyiora isn’t criticizing the team for its decision, you can bet that a lot of Giants fans will if defensive ends Justin Tuck or Mathias Kiwanuka gets hurt.


  1. Yeah, but at what capacity? Usually takes guys a year to recover from torn tendons, at least to be full speed again. It’s probably good they did or he may of returned too soon and be like Jason Taylor, playing when he really should be resting or rehabbing.

  2. This is exactly what PUP is for. He’ll be missed in the playoffs, and if they lose a close game, the offseason question will be “Would Osi have made the difference?”.

  3. “and this is why the PUP list was created…”
    He wasn’t eligible for PUP. PUP is only for players who were hurt before training camp starts. Once you practice a single time in training camp, your PUP eligibility goes bye, bye.
    They would have had to keep him on the active roster.

  4. A word of caution – Tom Brady never fully recovered from his injuries and look what happened. I remember a week prior to the Super Bowl he was in a boot. There’s no reason to rush these guys back, The Giants are fine right now without him. This is why you have backups.

  5. Dan, he wasn’t eligible for PUP since he was injured after he participated in training camp.
    As far as IR is concerned, there is more to it than “can this player come back before week 17” – you need that roster spot, in most cases.

  6. All you need is a video of the Steelers long snappers leg wiggling like overdone pasta to help Osi accept what happened and enjoy his vacation.

  7. Normally, I would agree with the Giants that the roster spot is too precious to use for a guy who’s injury puts him firmly in the “maybe he can come back” category. But right now the Giants are carrying two kickers, so Osi’s spot is being wasted on Tynes who is sitting on the bench. Not the Giants smartest move.

  8. The post linked to saying the Giants might of acted too soon just says they should have waited to see what procedure was needed before putting Ost on IR as another procedure might have led to him only being out for only a few weeks – but the other procedure was done so it has nothing to do with this post.

  9. It is a gamble… Play with a 52 man roster for 10-12+ weeks, just to have him return for a few games and the playoffs?
    It’s a tough question for a franchise to face. They most likely made the best choice for both their and the teams interests.
    They could have possibly made the choice a little bit later, just to evaluate everything, but it would be hard playing the bulk of the season with 52 men.

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