NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Contract talks between Osi Umenyiora and the Giants remained deadlocked, the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end said on Thursday.
“No real progress as far as the contract goes,” Umenyiora said in a brief email to the Associated Press, adding that he does want to say much with his contract situation unresolved.
Umenyiora had a second opinion on his sore knee in Atlanta yesterday. Doctors cleared him to practice and said he doesn’t need immediate surgery, reported the New York Post.
“We were hoping it would be the same recommendation the Giants gave us,” Agnone said. “I think you’re always happy about that.”
Tony Agnone, Umenyiora’s agent, told the paper he’s “hoping” his client will practice on Monday.
Giants general manager Jerry Reese offered a little hope hours after Osi’s email, saying he expects to have the 29-year-old veteran back in the fold for this season.
“That situation, I won’t make any comments on it,” Reese said after practice. “There are still some issues we are trying to resolve. But we expect him to be back.”
When asked if Monday was a possibility, Reese said it might be.
Umenyiora has not practiced since training camp opened in late July because he is unhappy with his contract. He maintains Reese told him after last season that the team would rework the deal, which was to pay the nine-year veteran $7.1 million over the next two seasons.
The team told him not to practice in the opening days of training camp and then it said he was not practicing because of soreness in his left knee. Umenyiora did not answer a question in the AP’s email about the results of the Atlanta examination.
Umenyiora had an outstanding season in 2010, tying Justin Tuck for the team lead with 11.5 sacks while leading the league with 10 forced fumbles.
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