Osi Had Setback In Ankle

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

I’m getting tired of saying this, it really sounds like a broken record but New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is hurt again. That’s right Osi just returned from a badly sprained ankle to play the Dallas Cowboys last weekend but during that game he suffered a setback with that ankle. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that Osi is currently at “70 percent” and that even if he doesn’t practice this week he’ll be on the field Sunday.

Osi Umenyiora’s return to action after missing a month with a badly sprained ankle was a successful one. But it was also painful. He did aggravated the injury late in the game, according to a source familiar with his situation, and it could force him to miss some practice time this week.

After missing the previous four games with a nasty sprain he suffered on Nov. 28, the source said Umenyiora needed an injection of pain-killers before the game against the Cowboys in order to play. However as the game wore on, his pain-killers wore off, making it tough for him to push off on the ankle.

After the game, in which Umenyiora had two sacks, he admitted “It was hurting a little bit, but I wasn’t coming out of the game.” He did not appear to be walking with any trace of a limp.

According to one source, Umenyiora is playing at about “70 percent” right now, but even if he does have to miss practice when it resumes on Wednesday morning, he has every intention of being in the lineup when the Giants open the postseason against the Atlanta Falcons at the Meadowlands on Sunday afternoon.(Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News)

Like I said this is starting to sound like a broken record, actually it is. When on the field Osi is an absolute terror, still one of the best in the league but that’s the problem. It’s only when he’s ON the field, he’s no longer a 16-game a season guy if he’s starting.

If he’s not willing to accept a reserve role in 2012 maybe it really is time for the Giants to look into trading him. No matter how much I hate to say that it’s the truth.

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