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Osi needs Hip surgery, but will play on this season

Post  Big_Pete on Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:25 am


Hip surgery recommended for Giants DE Osi Umenyiora but he will pass for now

Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 6:00 AM Updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 11:14 AM
Mike Garafolo/The Star-Ledger

Osi Umenyiora tried to battle his way through a hip issue this offseason, as he figured it was simply another flare-up of a lingering injury that pops up annually during spring workouts.

One month into summer, the pain is still there for the Giants’ beleaguered defensive end. And one expert says it won’t go away without surgery.

Earlier this month, Umenyiora traveled to the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., to visit noted hip specialist Marc Philippon, according to someone informed of the trip and Philippon’s diagnosis. The person, who requested anonymity because neither the Giants nor Umenyiora’s camp has discussed his condition, said Philippon recommended surgery to repair side effects from a torn hip flexor that kept Umenyiora out of five games in 2006.

The person said Philippon, who has performed hip surgeries on the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, the Ravens’ Ed Reed, former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and several other high-profile athletes, scheduled Umenyiora’s operation for the near future. But Philippon, Umenyiora and the Giants’ medical staff eventually agreed to pass on surgery for now and try to manage the injury because he won’t make it worse by playing through it.

A Giants spokesman declined comment. Umenyiora’s agent, Tony Agnone, wrote in a text message he was unavailable to speak on the matter because he was visiting clients Monday. Umenyiora, who will report to training camp with his teammates on Sunday, could not be reached for comment.

Umenyiora has been able to play through and manage his hip pain the past few seasons. He led the Giants with seven sacks last season and had 13 in 2007 before missing all of 2008 with a knee injury. However, this spring the hip injury was worse than it had been during recent offseasons. The Giants even cited the hip as a reason for his being absent from an organized team activities practice.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection has also been frustrated by being relegated to a part-time role last season and said this offseason he wouldn’t be pleased with backing up Mathias Kiwanuka if he was playing his best football.

With his hip pain refusing to subside, it’s unclear if he’ll reach top form at all this season.

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Re: Osi needs Hip surgery, but will play on this season

Post  Big_Pete on Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:31 am

I have mixed feelings about this news

It is great attitude that Osi wants to play on, but I think perhaps he should look at getting it fixed.

I have no doubt that Osi would play to a decent standard, but I fear he won't be able to play to his full ability, it would be something like what Tuck, Jacobs, Bradshaw and Hedgecock faced last year.

I suspect it would have been better to shut Osi down now and get him back over the latter part of the season (if possible) or get him 100% healthy for next year.

But having said that, I do respect Osi's determination and fight.

I am going to choose to believe that it won't hurt Osi's performances too much this year and that he could return to his best, but frankly I have serious reservations.
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