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Osi to ESPN: "I'm fed up with contract talk"

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora stretches

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora stretches after practicing with the team for the first time during training camp. (Aug. 15, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

ESPN will apparently take a break from broadcasting the successes and failures of 12-year-olds to cover a football game tonight. Yes, Monday Night Football is here with the Giants and the Bears. And with it, comes inside access for the network.

The latest is this from Mike Tirico, who spoke with Osi Umenyiora today.

"I am committed to playing for the Giants for the rest of the season," Osi said. “Returning to (the) field for three practices last week was a reminder of what I enjoy and love to do."

Umenyiora, of course, has had a rocky preseason that started with him holding out for one day of training camp, then not participating in practices for two weeks. He was looking for the new contract or trade that he says Jerry Reese promised him. Last week he returned to practice but in an email to the Associated Press said that he turned down incentives offered by the club and that he felt disrespected by the front office.

"It was a business situation," he said of turning down the incentives. "I had a job to do and a situation to protect. I am fed up with the contract talk; it was nice to return to practice, and being on the football field is the only part that brings me any pleasure."

Umenyiora practiced for three days but the swelling in his knee forced him to undergo arthroscopic surgery on Friday. He is expected to miss 3-4 weeks and he told Tirico that his rehabilitation is coming along "faster than I thought," though he said he will not return until his knee has healed enough that he "can explode off it."

Umenyiora has not spoken to reporters since reporting to camp.


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