Osi could return to practice soon, or he could have knee surgery

AP

The Giants and defensive end Osi Umenyiora have spent much of the last two weeks in an awkward holding pattern, with Umenyiora holding out for a day before reporting for camp, but then declining to practice as he sought a new contract, or a trade and a new contract.

After a failed effort to finagle a trade to a team that would give him Charles Johnson money (or something close to it), Umenyiora apparently has found a way to save a little face and return to practice.

Or, possibly, a way to hold out while still getting paid.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that Umenyiora will see a doctor in Atlanta on Wednesday, and that he could end up returning to practice next week — if his knee is deemed fit to withstand physical activity.

“He’ll visit the doctor in Atlanta, and he’ll consult with Dr. Warren [the Giants’ team physician] and [trainer] Ronnie Barnes and they’ll all decide what the best course of action is,” agent Tony Agnone told Vacchiano.  “Hopefully, if all goes well, this will lead to him being back on the field.”

But if the doctor suggests surgery, then Umenyiora could be out indefinitely.

“We don’t want [the knee] to become a constant irritant,” Agnone said.  “We don’t want him to go through what he went through with his hip last year.  But the object of this is to get him back on the field.”

On the surface, it sounds promising.  Peeling back a layer or two, however, the message could be that Umenyiora thinks he’s not being paid enough to play with pain.  So if his own doctor tells him that he needs surgery at a time when the Giants’ doctors apparently aren’t, Umenyiora could end in the same place he would have been if he’d held out — not playing for the Giants.

This way, he’d still get paid.  Unless the Giants cut him.  Which would allow him to get paid somewhere else.

After the failed effort to work out a trade, the Giants offered Umenyiora some incentives that would increase his pay over the final two years of his contract.  Umenyiora declined.  In turn, the Giants declined a request to provide some incentives for 2011, and to wipe out the final year of his contract.

UPDATE:  Vacchiano now reports that Umenyiora won’t be visiting the Atlanta specialist until Wednesday.

17 responses to “Osi could return to practice soon, or he could have knee surgery

  1. The Giants and defensive end Osi Umenyiora have spent much of the last two weeks in an awkward holding pattern
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    How about u just retire all ready!

  2. Forget this guy. He has made up his mind that he doesn’t want to play for the Giants anymore. Get what you can…that is, if you can get anything anymore. Who wants to trade for this guy NOW?
    I think he really has cut his own throat with this “threat”? Does he think the news that he might need more surgery is going to make him more attractive to another team? Good luck getting that “Charles Johnson money” after hip surgery and 2 knee surgeries (not to mention getting benched for lackluster play).

  3. So if his own doctor tells him that he needs surgery at a time when the Giants’ doctors apparently aren’t, Umenyiora could end in the same place he would have been if he’d held out — not playing for the Giants.

    This way, he’d still get paid. Unless the Giants cut him. Which would allow him to get paid somewhere else.

    Now if he does get cut because his doctor say he needs surgery…then gets paid somewhere else without getting the surgery. Do the Giants have anything legal they can do to him? It seems this could open up a major can of worms!

  4. Or, he is afraid he will never return to his former level and thought his best chance of getting a big new contract was now, before anybody knew what was going on…only the team called his bluff.

  5. Interesting timing here for Osi. I have never heard of someone in professional sports getting a second opinion to “find” an injury. I am a huge Osi fan, and I think he has made his point. If he plays and ends up with 10+ sacks, he will get his money.

  6. Osi, you are a putz!

    Your only hope of getting paid, was if a team broke down and decided to give the Giants a good draft pick. Now, you have completely ruined any chance of a team trading for you. AND, even if you somehow, some way, find yourself on another roster, as mentioned above you have had 2 knee surgeries and a hip surgery, that club is NOT going to give you a top level contract….

  7. I hope he realizes how quickly his stock is dropping with all this surrounding him.. between hold out and potential surgery I don’t think teams are in a hurry to give him Charles Johnson money.

  8. Chris Johnson and DeSean Jackson have legitimate complaints about their first contract situations. This is Osi’s 2nd contract and has underperformed. No sympathy. It sounds like he’s broke already and needs more money.

  9. You mean that the Giants tried to get a first-round pick for a guy with a bum knee. That’s kinda dirty.

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