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Osi says his knee is sore

New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora tosses a football

New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora tosses a football as he rides a stationary bike during training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. (Aug. 3, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

The Osi Umenyiora bikeathon keeps right on rolling.

While all of the new free agents and re-signed players were back on the practice field for the Giants yesterday evening, Umenyiora returned to his familiar perch atop an exercise bike with the injured players. According to the Giants, Umenyiora “says he has a sore knee,” the attribution suggesting that they are not entirely sold on the concept.

Umenyiora has had a history of knee issues and missed the 2008 season with surgery to repair a torn ACL he suffered in a preseason game. At the time of the surgery he said he had been playing with knee pain for several years and hoped that surgery would finally fix the problem for the rest of his career. That was his left knee in 2008. it is unclear which knee is sore this time.

Umenyiora and the Giants appear to be at a stalemate. The disgruntled defensive end believes he has outplayed his contract and wants a new deal or a trade to a team that will give him one. The Giants gave him and his agent 48 hours to find a team willing to swap a first-round pick for him, but slammed that door when they couldn’t. Umenyiora has not practiced all training camp, something close friend Justin Tuck called a “strategy.”

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