Giants’ coach Coughlin ponders over breaking squad for Umenyiora
Osi Umenyiora has made his return to NFL with a chip on his shoulder. The New York Giants, defensive end has just recently been cleared to play again after the medical team declared him ready to participate in this Week’s match.
Umenyiora, a two-time Pro Bowler informed in an interview on Friday that he had been practicing for the past 3 days and was in good shape for the upcoming match. The 29-year-old also said that so far he had not experienced any discomfort or swelling in his right knee.
In the interview Umenyiora stated that he hoped to play in Giants Week 4 game this Sunday. Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin however still hasn’t made up his mind if he wants Umenyiora on field.
Earlier, in August, Umenyiora was forced to undergo an arthroscopic surgery on his right knee because of constant discomfort and repetitive injuries. At first, Umenyiora was expected to bail out on the process but an injury in early August made him realize that if he was to continue his NFL career then he should go under the knife sooner rather than later.
On the issue Umenyiora said, "I could have dragged this injury thing out this whole year and not had surgery, you understand what I mean." After surgery, the Englishman was given a 2-month time period for recovery.
This week, Giants’ medical team was glad to inform that Umenyiora had finally recovered from his surgery however the rehabilitation process forced Umenyiora to be benched for the first 3 games of the season.
In Umenyiora’s absence, Giants travelled to the FedExField, where they lost the season opener against Washington Redskins by 28-14. In Week 2 they were up against St. Louis Rams at home. Giants showed impeccable form to win the game by 28-16 at the MetLife Stadium.
In Week 3, Giants were scheduled to battle against NFL heavyweights, Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants continued with their impressive form to win the match by 29-16 at the Lincoln Financial Field. Now, the Giants will be up against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium this Sunday.
Coughlin is unsure about shuffling his winning team in order to make space for Umenyiora. Umenyiora is on thin ice already, thanks to his imprudent attitude with Giants’ management over the summers, therefore he will have to play his cards very carefully.
In the offseason, Umenyiora got into an argument with general manager Jerry Reese about his new contract. Soon afterwards he also showed up a day late for training camp. Reasons like these might force Coughlin to sideline Umenyiora for the upcoming match and more.