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Coughlin: Umenyiora had unexcused absence

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

In an odd story that is still developing, New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora showed up to the practice facility in the Meadowlands on Monday morning and then left without an explanation. During his daily news conference Monday, coach Tom Coughlin sounded pretty convincing when he said he didn't have any information as to why Umenyiora left before Monday's practice, speculating that it might be something of a "personal nature."

And you thought the Giants got rid of all the drama when Plaxico Burress was released? According to Coughlin, Giants general manager Jerry Reese was able to reach Umenyiora via text. The defensive end told Reese that he was OK, but apparently declined to provide an explanation for his mysterious departure. As far as I know, there's no history of Umenyiora doing anything like this.

Asked whether he's concerned about Umenyiora's absence, Coughlin said, "We'll see. We'll have to talk to him when he gets back. Obviously he's not here, so we're concerned."

It's never a good idea to put your head coach in a position where he looks flat-footed in front of the media. And that's the way Coughlin looks right now. Here's hoping Umenyiora has a legitimate reason for leaving work early. We'll keep you posted as this story continues to develop.