Original plan was for Umenyiora to address knee after season

The original plan for Osi Umenyiora was to address his bothersome right knee after the season ended.

But when it acted up on him in less than a week of practice, Umenyiora opted to tackle the issue before the season begins with hopes of being in better shape this year.

"We had already talked about it and what his plans were going to be," teammate Justin Tuck said, according to ESPN New York. "He came out in practice with every intention of letting his knee be dealt with in the offseason. After a couple practices it swelled up on him, and him and the Giants made a conscious decision to take care of it now. It wasn't like he planned on it. He planned on playing the season with it, but seeing how it was the first week of practice, he felt like the best idea was to take care of it now."

There’s a difference of opinion on how long Umenyiora will be out now. When the Giants announced the surgery Friday, the club said he would return in three to four weeks, leaving the season opener as a possibility. Now, reports are he could be out three to six weeks or potentially longer.

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