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Osi feeling good ... until he recalls his last halftime pep talk

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora. Credit: David Pokress

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Osi Umenyiora is feeling pretty good.

He was limited in Wednesday’s practice, as you may recall, which is an anomaly for him this season. He typically rests on Wednesdays to get his knees and hip in shape to play on Sunday. But this week he was out there in drills and taking a few snaps on Hump Day. Why?

Two reasons. The first was that Dave Tollefson was not feeling all that great – Tom Coughlin said he had a burner in the game and he’s been dealing with a left foot injury for a few weeks – and the second is that Umenyiora felt up to it.

“I’m definitely feeling better,” he said. “My knees feel great, my hip is feeling good. Everything is feeling good right now.”

Umenyiora said that for the last two weeks he’s felt especially spry. And he hasn’t taken any injections or pain-killers for his injuries in “a long time.”

“I’ve just been feeling better,” he said. “It’s been the reverse for me. In the beginning I was feeling terrible and as the season progresses I just started feeling like my old self.”

He wasn’t feeling too good on Sunday around 2:30 p.m. when he lashed into the team for a poor performance in the first half of the game against the Jaguars. Umenyiora and Justin Tuck each gave impassioned speeches that helped the Giants focus and come back for a win.

Umenyiora said the Giants cannot rely on that going forward.

“We know better then we came out and played last week,” he said. “There was no excuse for that. Given the situation and given the fact that it was a game that we had to win, there was no excuse for playing the way we did. I think guys didn’t really realize that until they saw how serious we were at halftime. I don’t think that’s going to happen again, at least I hope it doesn’t. No question it’s a lesson-learned. I don’t think it’s going to take people getting up and speaking the way we did for us to come out and perform like we did in that second half.”

Umenyiora also said that he’s usually not the kind of guy who steps up and addresses the team in such a fashion. The last time he did that? Last year’s Thanksgiving Day game in Denver when the Giants played like turkeys and Umenyiora lost his starting job for the rest of the season.

“That didn’t end too well,” Umenyiora said with one of the few smiles he’s flashed at the media this season. “That ended very very badly. I try not to do that too often.”

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