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Osi Umenyiora Injuries Knee, Giants Defense Collectively Holds Breath
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Aug 24th 2008 10:22AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Giants, NFC East, NFL Injuries
The third week of the preseason is typically the time when starters see extended action, sometimes playing into the third quarter. it also seems like the time when most injuries occur, although that could just be the recency effect.

Whatever you want to call it, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora got a got a golf cart escort off the field during last night’s Jets game after suffering a knee thingy. The good news is that the X-rays came back negative (Umenyiora will still undergo an MRI), but the bad news is that the Giants’ defense is a totally different unit without it’s sack leader (three consecutive years!) on the field. “I feel really comfortable we can try to hold on while he’s out, but we definitely hope it’s not for an extended period of time,” defensive tackle Barry Cofield said.

“Obviously you can’t replace Osi Umenyiora, but I feel we got guys who can fill in that role and give us some quality play,” added Tuck. “We’re not thinking like that right now. We’re thinking Sept. 4, No. 72 [is] going to be right there at his normal spot at right end.” The ’s Paul Schwartz points out that there aren’t many options behind Umenyiora — moving Mathias Kiwanuka back to end after teaching him to play outside linebacker is probably the best option — but I’m surprised I didn’t fire up the internets this morning to read that coaxingMichael Strahan out of retirement was at the top of New York’s to-do list.

Or maybe when Strahan says he’s retired he actually means it. Novel concept, that.

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