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Hip surgery recommended for Giants DE Osi Umenyiora but he will pass for now

 

Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 6:00 AM Updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 11:14 AM

Mike Garafolo/The Star-Ledger

 

Osi Umenyiora tried to battle his way through a hip issue this offseason, as he figured it was simply another flare-up of a lingering injury that pops up annually during spring workouts.

 

One month into summer, the pain is still there for the Giants’ beleaguered defensive end. And one expert says it won’t go away without surgery.

 

Earlier this month, Umenyiora traveled to the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., to visit noted hip specialist Marc Philippon, according to someone informed of the trip and Philippon’s diagnosis. The person, who requested anonymity because neither the Giants nor Umenyiora’s camp has discussed his condition, said Philippon recommended surgery to repair side effects from a torn hip flexor that kept Umenyiora out of five games in 2006.

 

The person said Philippon, who has performed hip surgeries on the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, the Ravens’ Ed Reed, former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and several other high-profile athletes, scheduled Umenyiora’s operation for the near future. But Philippon, Umenyiora and the Giants’ medical staff eventually agreed to pass on surgery for now and try to manage the injury because he won’t make it worse by playing through it.

 

A Giants spokesman declined comment. Umenyiora’s agent, Tony Agnone, wrote in a text message he was unavailable to speak on the matter because he was visiting clients Monday. Umenyiora, who will report to training camp with his teammates on Sunday, could not be reached for comment.

 

Umenyiora has been able to play through and manage his hip pain the past few seasons. He led the Giants with seven sacks last season and had 13 in 2007 before missing all of 2008 with a knee injury. However, this spring the hip injury was worse than it had been during recent offseasons. The Giants even cited the hip as a reason for his being absent from an organized team activities practice.

 

The two-time Pro Bowl selection has also been frustrated by being relegated to a part-time role last season and said this offseason he wouldn’t be pleased with backing up Mathias Kiwanuka if he was playing his best football.

 

With his hip pain refusing to subside, it’s unclear if he’ll reach top form at all this season.

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I have mixed feelings about this news

 

It is great attitude that Osi wants to play on, but I think perhaps he should look at getting it fixed now.

 

I have no doubt that Osi would play to a decent standard, but I fear he won't be able to play to his full ability, it would be something like what Tuck, Jacobs, Bradshaw and Hedgecock faced last year.

 

It may have been better to shut Osi down now and get him back over the latter part of the season (if possible), if not get him 100% healthy for next year. I suspect this could be a lingering injury that is going be an issue all year.

 

I think I would rather have a healthy Tollefsen rather than carrying a wounded Osi all year (although even limited Osi is a much better player).

 

But having said that, I do respect Osi's determination and fight.

 

I am going to choose to believe that it isn't too major an issue - that it won't hurt Osi's performances too much this year and that Osi could return to somewhere near his best, but frankly I have serious reservations.

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some folks are saying we should have packaged him for a big receiver while we had the chance *whistles*

 

Earlier this month, Umenyiora traveled to the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., to visit noted hip specialist Marc Philippon, according to someone informed of the trip and Philippon’s diagnosis.

 

See....He's already visiting Vail, we coulda shipped him to Denver and gotten Brandon Marshall in a package deal.

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Easy fellers. The fact he only got a formal diagnosis "earlier this month" suggests the Giants doctors didn't think it was a big deal. Honestly it doesn't sound like something a bit of cortizone before game time won't cover.

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Easy fellers. The fact he only got a formal diagnosis "earlier this month" suggests the Giants doctors didn't think it was a big deal. Honestly it doesn't sound like something a bit of cortizone before game time won't cover.

 

Pretty much this.

 

The NFL total access crew was talking about it a couple days ago, basically said Osi has been playing with this problem for acouple years and the Giants have just been given him pain shots for it. Guess it got out in the media so people are trying to crucify him to the wall because he has chosen to play on it instead of getting it fixed. That Jason Locinfora(sp) guy said he expects Osi to play this year threw the pain again and get it dealt with next off season. I know I have been hard on Osi in the past couple of months but he is the best DE on the team at the moment and with our young LB core we are going to need all the help we can get with the front four.

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Pretty much this.

 

The NFL total access crew was talking about it a couple days ago, basically said Osi has been playing with this problem for acouple years and the Giants have just been given him pain shots for it. Guess it got out in the media so people are trying to crucify him to the wall because he has chosen to play on it instead of getting it fixed. That Jason Locinfora(sp) guy said he expects Osi to play this year threw the pain again and get it dealt with next off season. I know I have been hard on Osi in the past couple of months but he is the best DE on the team at the moment and with our young LB core we are going to need all the help we can get with the front four.

 

 

Did Justin Tuck switch to LB? Hell, he isn't even the best right end at the moment, Kiwi is! Osi uses an outside speed rush 90% of the time and every OT is wise to it by now. How many more times do to want to see him fly past the QB, 5 yards too deep and well out of the play? He has to prove to me (and more importantly the Giants) that he's more than a one dimensional pass rushing DE, with one move.

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Did Justin Tuck switch to LB? Hell, he isn't even the best right end at the moment, Kiwi is! Osi uses an outside speed rush 90% of the time and every OT is wise to it by now. How many more times do to want to see him fly past the QB, 5 yards too deep and well out of the play? He has to prove to me (and more importantly the Giants) that he's more than a one dimensional pass rushing DE, with one move.

exactly right, and from the sound of things he's done nothing to improve over the off because he feel's he's complete already. don't you see, they're already floating excuses for the end of this season "well, yes, his hip was really worse than we led on but next season -watch out!

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Did Justin Tuck switch to LB? Hell, he isn't even the best right end at the moment, Kiwi is! Osi uses an outside speed rush 90% of the time and every OT is wise to it by now. How many more times do to want to see him fly past the QB, 5 yards too deep and well out of the play? He has to prove to me (and more importantly the Giants) that he's more than a one dimensional pass rushing DE, with one move.

How much of that is due to the fact he was coming off the knee injury and wasn't so mobile...or just plain poor play calling from Sheridan? I refuse to believe Osi, who was tutored by the best DE in history, suddenly forgot any other moves.

 

It's also pretty hard for a DE to be effective when the DLs can't make any dent in the pocket. The QB having a nice stable pocket to move up into had a lot to do with Osi being "5 yards too deep".

 

Meanwhile he still lead the team in sacks, so BiC is correct. Kiwi wasn't any more effective despite Osi's benching.

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You have evidence to the contrary?

 

if he got injured during the latter half of the season, i'd give you the benefit of the doubt. but it was pre-season which means he had over a year to rehab. plenty of time- i just don't think he's a hard worker. he does have one move and kiwi did a better job against the run and in containment. what made strahan the best DE i've ever seen was not his sacks but his all around smarts and tireless effort. he also got fat contracts for some guys on the other side who didn't deserve it. chad bratzke, osi, one other guy too

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Thank God we've got Kiwi, and drafted JPP......Osi's best years as a Giant are over.

 

Regardless, I don't have any desire to see a banged-up, disgruntled, on-his-way-out Osi this season....he should have the surgery.

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Thank God we've got Kiwi, and drafted JPP......Osi's best years as a Giant are over.

 

Regardless, I don't have any desire to see a banged-up, disgruntled, on-his-way-out Osi this season....he should have the surgery.

I have a US$1 bill that says Osi finishes the season with more sacks and FFs than JPP and Kiwi combined.

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