New York Giants All-Pro DE Osi Umenyiora was carted off the field last night against the Jets when it appeared he caught his left foot on the turf causing his knee to “lock up.” During the second quarter, Osi was rushing Brett Favre on a third-down play when the injury occurred. He fell to the ground, but actually got up right away to continue his pursuit. When the play was whistled dead, Umenyiora collapsed and had to be carried off, unable to put any weight on his left knee.
X-Rays were immediately given to the Giants star and those initial results came back negative. However, X-Rays would only reveal broken bones, so any ligament damage would be discovered in an MRI he is supposed to get later today.
Osi’s head coach Tom Coughlin is quite optimistic, though, telling the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, “I’m thinking it’s going to be OK.” But normally when a knee locks up and it is not caused by contact, there is almost always some ligament damage.
This now begs the question, “Who could possibly replace Umenyiora if he is out for an extended period of time?” People are already talking about contacting Michael Strahan to think about un-retiring (again), but the more likely scenarios are Mathias Kiwanuka - a former first round pick recently converted from DE to OLB, or Dave Tollefson - the guy who took Osi’s spot last night.
If the injury turns out to be serious, it not only puts an enormous damper on the Giants hopes of defending their Super Bowl, but it leaves Osi with an open schedule to do whatever he wants…