Is Osi close to a return?

Osi Umenyiora

Osi Umenyiora

#72 DE
New York Giants

2011 STATS

  • Tot -
  • Solo -
  • Ast -
  • FF -
  • Sack -
  • Int -
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Osi Umenyiora worked out on the sideline during Friday's practice for the first time this week.

So how close is he to a return?

It is highly unlikely that Umenyiora will be back Monday against St. Louis. But there's a strong possibility that, barring any set backs, he will be healthy enough to return against Philadelphia in Week 3.

Tom Coughlin was encouraged by what he saw from his star defensive end on Friday.

"He looked pretty good. That is a good thing. It hadn't been that way for a couple days, it’s a good thing," the coach said Friday afternoon.

The two-time Pro Bowler sat out the beginning of Giants training camp because he was dissatisfied with his current contract. Soon after he began practicing, his right knee started bothering him. He had arthroscopic surgery on the knee on Aug. 19 and was expected to be out four to six weeks.

That would put the Sept. 25 games against Philadelphia in range for a Umenyiora return.

And the banged up Giants defense, of course, could use him.

Sure, the Giants sacked Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman four times last Sunday, but the ex-Bear torched the defense for 305 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell attributed that in part to Tuck and Umenyiora's absence.

"We consider Justin Tuck and Osi apart of our secondary," Fewell said. ".... That was a little bit of a problem."

A problem the Giants hope is resolved soon.