Next up in our tour of Osi’s press conference is the status of his knee.
Tom Coughlin said he is “day to day” and Umenyiora basically confirmed that. He said he did not practice today because “it wouldn’t have been the smart thing to do.”
“It was supposed to be a four to six week recovery and I’m still within that range,” Umenyiora said. It will be five weeks after surgery on Friday.
Umenyiora said he is not going to rush back.
“I feel like this is a playoff team so hopefully we might have 17 games left to play after this one,” he said. “That said it wouldn’t be smart to go out there and rush myself right now when we could possibly have 17 games left to play.”
He also said that watching the way Jason Pierre-Paul and Dave Tollefson have played in his absence has allowed him to not rush back. “That also played a factor why I haven’t rushed back or done anything crazy to get back because those guys are holding their own out there,” he said.
Umenyiora said his knee has been bothering him for 11 years, basically since college.
“It was bothering me last year, all last season,” he said. “They did some things to quiet it down and I was able to play through it. As the season went on it progressively got worse so I had to get that fixed.”
Umenyiora denied that he had his surgery in mid-August as part of a contract negotiation when talks with the Giants hit a stalemate.
“We were locked out so I couldn’t really come over here and talk to the doctors about what was going on,” he said when asked why he didn’t have the surgery in the offseason.
He also said that if he wanted to make the injury a part of his contract tactics, he’d have done it differently.
“I could have dragged this whole injury thing out all year and not had surgery and continued to say I was hurt if I didn’t want to play,” he said. “But the fact of the matter is I want to get back on the field and help this team. I decided to have it. They told me it was going to be a 4 to 6 week recovery time, which would make me miss 2 to 3 weeks. That’s pretty much where we are right now.”
Umenyiora did practice thrice in August before opting for the surgery.
“It was just pain and swelling,” he said. “After practice it would swell up and I’d work all night to get the swelling down and I’d go back out there and it would swell up. There was no way I would be able to make it through the season like that.”