Osi Umenyiora getting knee checked out today

Osi Umenyiora could be back to practice next week for the New York Giants.

Even if he doesn’t get the new contract he has been seeking.

The veteran defensive end is visiting a knee specialist in Atlanta today, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the Neew York Daily News, and if his sore left knee checks out, he’s going to get back to work. Per the report, it’s expected that his knee will check out fine.

“He'll visit the doctor in Atlanta, and he'll consult with Dr. Warren (the Giants' team physician) and (trainer) Ronnie Barnes and they'll all decide what the best course of action is,” agent Tony Agnone said. “Hopefully, if all goes well, this will lead to him being back on the field.”

Umenyiora held out for one day but he hasn’t practiced while saying that his knee is bothering him. Hre’s also suggested he might have knee surgery, but that’s not believed to be needed.

Talks between the team and Agnone have raised a few ideas, and right now Umenyiora would like the final year of the deal (2012) ripped up. The team hasn’t budged on that one.

“It’s time,” Agnone said. “In the end, it’s always better for the player to be back on the field.”

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