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Not a lot of optimism that Osi can "push" for Sunday

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiorawalks of

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiorawalks of the field after the 36-25 loss to Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Oct. 9, 2011) Credit: Joe Epstein

Osi Umenyiora will test his injured ankle later this week to determine if he is able to play against the Cowboys on Sunday.

A source said that the defensive end who has been sidelined since Nov. 28 with a severe ankle sprain will see if he can get any “push” off of the sore joint, likely on Thursday, before making a decision about his availability for the do-or-die contest.

“No push, no play,” the source said. Umenyiora wants to play, the source added, but there is not a great deal of optimism that he will be able to.

If the Giants’ season ends on Sunday with a loss, it could also mean the end of Umenyiora’s career with the team. He’s had a volatile season with the front office and has expressed his desire for a new contract or a trade to another team that will give him one. Umenyiora has one year remaining on his contract after this season.

He missed the first three games of the season recovering from knee surgery, had 7.0 sacks in the next seven games, and then injured the ankle early in the Saints game in Week 12. When he was available to the Giants, he was playing close to the level he reached as an All-Pro earlier in his career. But if he does not play against the Cowboys on Sunday night, he'll have played in just as many games as he has missed this season.

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