- Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
- Mississippi abortion law can’t be enforced
- Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal
- Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in case vs. ‘American Sniper’ author Chris Kyle
- Government OKs Arab-owned company to operate U.S. cargo port
- Defense lawyer: McDonnell’s wife had ‘crush’ on CEO
- Chinese hackers stole ‘huge quantities’ of sensitive data on Israel’s Iron Dome
- House unveils bill to speed deportations of illegal immigrant children
- Californians protest middle school for hiring white man to teach cultural studies
- Killer’s sentencing overturned because mother couldn’t find seat in courtroom
Surgery for Giants DE Umenyiora
Question of the Day
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and likely will miss the season opener on Sept. 11.
General manager Jerry Reese says Friday that Umenyiora "let me know that he wanted to have the surgery now."
Umenyiora has been a headline all summer, as he did not report to training camp with the team following the lockout. Finally, on Monday, he unhappily reported under the terms of his current deal, and worked out for three days before his knee began to swell. Typical recovery for the procedure is at least three weeks, and often four.
"It was better to do it now as opposed to midseason," Umenyiora said in a statement. "It was going to have to be done, the only question was when. If I'm going to miss a little while, I would prefer it be now than at the crucial part of our season. It's the best decision for the team and myself."
Umenyiora reported to camp a day late to protest his contract dispute and was told not to practice with the team while his agents were given persmission to try to make a trade. The team abruptly ended those talks and announced that Osi "says his knee is bothering him."
Umenyiora went to Atlanta to get a second opinion on the knee after the team said he was cleared to return to practice. After three practices, the knee needed repair.
"It is a simple debridement," Ronnie Barnes, the team's vice president of medical services, said, adding that team physician Dr. Russell Warren was to perform the operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said there is a chance Umenyiora might be ready for the opener at Washington, but that would require a fast recovery. Coughlin said the Giants knew that there was a chance Umenyiora would need the surgery.
"There is no surprise here," Coughlin said. "We'll just keep going."
Reese said that Umenyiora told him on Thursday that he wanted to have the surgery.
"He told me how much he really enjoyed being back on the field this week," he said, "and he's looking forward to getting back out there once he recovers from the procedure."
Umenyiora shared the team lead with 11 1/2 sacks last season and led the NFL with 10 forced fumbles. He was annoyed with the Giants because he alleged that Reese promised to rework his contract, which will pay him $7.1 million through the end of next season.
- Boehner rules out impeachment: 'Scam started by Democrats'
- Obama: 'Not a new Cold War,' but new Russia sanctions announced
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- Smugglers, rainstorm combine to poke holes in border fence
- PHILLIPS: Once-in-a-century stupidity
- Obama's brother wears Hamas scarf bearing anti-Israel slogans in photo
- HURT: Impeaching Obama is a losing strategy for the GOP
- Kerry's credibility questioned as fighting in Gaza rages
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world