Report: Umenyiora battling hip pain

Apparently it’s not all smiles and joy in the world of Osi Umenyiora these days.

While New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that the defensive end had shown up for the voluntary offseason workout program with “a smile on his face.” That smile, though, is masking some pain he is having in his hip, according to a report by Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Apparently, Umenyiora is suffering from the lingering effects of a torn hip flexor suffered in 2006 which “often flares up during spring workouts,” per the report. Sure, a lot of players feel their injuries more in the spring when the weekly game checks are not rolling in.

Umenyiora is coming off a difficult season when he feuded with one-and-done defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan and was demoted from his role as a starter to being a situational pass rusher. He finished with seven sacks and four forced fumbles, but managed only two sacks in the final seven games.

Garafolo says that Umenyiora has shown up for workouts seems to be evidence that the player will not continue to clamor for a trade.

“I think he’s in a good place,” Coughlin said.

Well, he’s at the team’s facility four days a week. That’s a start, right?

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