Source: Umenyiora sees hip specialist

Osi Umenyiora's lingering hip issues may be as much of a pain to him as Mathias Kiwanuka will be to him in training camp.

Umenyiora, who will compete against Kiwanuka to regain his starting defensive line spot with the New York Giants, recently traveled to Colorado and visited with a hip specialist.

The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., first reported that Umenyiora met with hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon. A source confirmed that Umenyiora sought a second opinion on his hip, which has lingering issues from a torn hip flexor suffered back in 2006.

Umenyiora was told he can play with his hip pain by managing it as he has done in the past and that surgery can wait without the risk of suffering further damage. The defensive end accepted the decision, according to the source.

Another league source said the defensive end was given the same opinion from team physicians earlier in the offseason and that Umenyiora was going to play through the upcoming season while trying to manage the pain before considering surgery after the season.

Umenyiora sat out an earlier offseason training activity practice with a hip issue, and it's likely issues with the hip will linger through camp and this season.

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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