Sounds like Osi Umenyiora will give it a go Sunday night
In a winner-take-all match Sunday night at MetLife Stadium, Osi Umenyiora will be in action for the New York Giants.
The veteran defensive end is expected to return for the first time since spraining his ankle in a Nov. 28 game vs. New Orleans. According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Umenyiora didn’t know if he would play again this season. Now, he is expected to be on the field against the Dallas Cowboys with the winner going to the postseason.
“Everybody who has had the same high ankle sprain that I have has told me it’s 4-6 weeks of recovery time,” Umenyiora said, per the report. “And I have seen other guys who have had the same injury and try to come back like a (St. Louis quarterback) Sam Bradford and (Pittsburgh quarterback) Ben Roethlisberger and it just seems like they were completely off. So I was a little concerned about that.
“After last week things started to improve a little bit and hopefully everything will work out for me.”
Umenyiora’s return will give the Giants three top ends against Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo as he will combine with Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck. Umenyiora insists he will only be on the field if he is 100 percent.
“You have to,” Umenyiora said. “We have so many good defensive players, so I’m not going to go out there at 60 percent and take away what it is that they’re going to be able to do. Only if I’m able to be out there and be myself. I feel like I’m still one of the very good defensive ends, so as long as I am able to go out and be myself then I will be out there. But if not, there is no sense in taking away their reps.”
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