Osi Umenyiora said he will need hip surgery perhaps as early as this week.
The Giants defensive end has been bothered by a hip injury the entire season and said during training camp that he would likely undergo surgery when the season was over.
Umenyiora told WFAN radio on Monday night that he may undergo the surgery in either New York or in Colorado.
The defensive end suffered a hip flexor injury in 2006 and pain flared up in his hip from time to time back during the offseason. Umenyiora said during training camp that he could have had surgery on his hip during the offseason but opted against it because it wouldn't guarantee a healthy return during this past season.
When he learned he couldn't damage it any further by playing with it, Umenyiora opted to go without surgery until the season was over.
"I'm really not looking forward to getting cut open again," Umenyiora said back in August. "It's something I really don't want to do. [The doctors are] saying that it's really not getting any worse but it's something that I need to do, that I need to have taken care of if I want to prolong my career. I'm not sure if I want to do that anyway."
Umenyiora enjoyed a monster season, recording 11.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles despite managing his hip issue and a knee injury from previous knee surgery.
Umenyiora will join several other Giants on the mend including defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka and wide receiver Steve Smith.
General manager Jerry Reese said earlier on Monday that Kiwanuka is still in waiting mode to see if his neck injury will heal with time off. Kiwanuka may be re-evaluated at the end of the month.
“Kiwi has a significant neck issue and right now he’s just trying to see if he can resolve it with rest and hopefully that’ll be the case and we’ll see more of what kind of contract we can offer him,” Reese said of Kiwanuka, whose contract expires after this season. “Do we offer him a one-year deal so that he can re-establish his value or do we go in a different direction? We’ll see.”
Smith faces a lengthy rehab after undergoing microfracture surgery after suffering an articular cartilage injury to his left knee. Smith’s contract is up after the season as well.
“Hopefully Steve Smith will make it back with a full recovery from his injury,” Reese said.
The Giants GM also gave an update on rookie safety Chad Jones, who is still recovering from a nasty automobile accident that required numerous surgical procedures to his left leg and ankle. It is still unclear whether Jones will be able to play football again.
“Well, Chad is improving,” Reese said. “I still think he has a long way to go. We get videotape of his rehab sessions and I’m not a doctor, but it looks like he has a long way to go still.”