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February 24, 2009




Report: Umenyiora at '80-percent'



Osi Umenyiora Osi Umenyiora t.gif told the Giants' Web sitet.gif that his surgically repaired left knee is 80-percent healthy.




Umeyiora tore his lateral meniscus in the Giants New York Giants t.gif' preseason game against the Jets New York Jets t.gif and was forced to sit out the entire season.




"They (the team's medical staff) are saying it is at about 80

percent," Umenyiora said. "It is kind of hard to get that extra 20. I

have been 80 percent for the last two - three months now," Umenyiora

told Giants.com.








"It is supposed to

be an eight month recovery period. They said it is eight months, so at

six months basically I think I am a little bit ahead of where I am

supposed to be as far as what the manual says. I am very, very patient.

That is just the way I am. I want to be further ahead, I want to be

doing everything right now, but I don't think it is smart for me to be

doing everything right now."




The Giants missed Umenyiora down the stretch when their pass rush

struggled, especially in their two losses to the Eagles -- where they

didn't sack Donovan McNabb once. The Giants were already hurting at

defensive end after Michael Strahan Michael Strahan t.gif retired following the Giants' Super Bowl XLII win. And in his first year starting Justin Tuck Justin Tuck t.gif consistently faced double teams.




"I definitely did miss it," Umenyiora said. "When I watched games,

the commentators would be talking about a player and you know this guy

and you are so close to them. If I was there, it would have been a

totally different story, because as soon as we would have got into the

room I would have just went off on the guys immediately. Because we are

so close and we are always joking with each other and talking about

each other, so that was very, very difficult. I missed that a lot. I

did. I missed that more than the football."



Posted by Justin Terranova on February 24, 2009 1:07 PM

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