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Osi and Reese talk; hip could be an issue

New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora (72) heads for

New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora (72) heads for the locker room after pre-game practice before a game against the Dallas Cowboys. (December 6, 2009) Photo Credit: John Dunn

Yesterday many of us reported that Osi Umenyiora would never again speak with Jerry Reese and had some things he wanted to say to the media.

So far today we’ve learned the Osi has indeed spoken with Reese and he has not yet made a peep to the press.

Other than that, everything seems to be in order.

Yes, Osi had his physical this morning and then went across the river to visit team physician Dr. Russ Warren for a look at his surgically-repaired hip.

“I doubt that he’ll be cleared to practice this afternoon, although I’m clearly speculating,” Tom Coughlin said. “Until we get all of that in order we’ll just continue to practice in the manner that we have.”

That means without Osi.

“I talked to Osi briefly yesterday and I’m sure we’ll have other conversations going forward,” Coughlin said. “I think one of the good things that happened yesterday was that Osi and Jerry had a chance to talk. I think that was something good that came out of that.”

Umenyiora wants a new deal or a trade to a team that will give him one. His agent had no comment on the conversation with Reese nor on speculation that the Giants could be working to resolve his request in one way or the other. There are reports that Umenyiora would welcome a trade to the Seahawks, but at this point you could probably say that Umenyiora would welcome a trade to any team willing to pay him. Remember, Carolina just gave Charles Johnson a reported six-year, $72 million deal with $30 million guaranteed.

“He’s excited to see everybody and we’re excited to see him,” DT Chris Canty said of Umenyiora’s return to the team yesterday. “I know that there’s a little bit of a medical issue there as well, so we’re going to let that play out as much we can. I don’t know much about it, but we’re excited to have him in the building and we’re excited to have him as a part of our football team.”

For now, anyway. The Giants could pull the trigger on a trade at any time.

“You’d hope to have him here with our other outstanding players because together with the group that we have I think we can present some issues,” Coughlin said.



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