From Ralph Vacchiano’s Blue Screen:
Osi Umenyiora said today his surgically repaired left knee is at “99 percent” and that he’ll be ready for the start of training camp in July. In fact, he’ll be ready for the Giants’ mandatory mini-camp in mid-June.
“I haven’t put on pads or nothing yet, but I’ve been out there doing the exact same things everybody else has been doing with no problems,” Umenyiora said. “As long as I’m able to do that, then I think it’s where it needs to be.”
The remaining “1 percent,” Umenyiora said, is just the “mental” part of his recovery. He needs to work on a little muscle strength around the knee, too, since he was on crutches for a long time. But he’s already back on the field and already doing football drills and feeling better than he has for several years.
“(The torn meniscus) was something that’s been bothering me for two years,” Umenyiora said. “They just found a way to fix it. The injury that you saw (in August) wasn’t what happened to me. It had been hurt all Super Bowl year.”
Umenyiora said he opted to have the meniscus completely repaired, even though he could’ve opted to have doctors “burn” the torn cartilage out. That, he said, would’ve allowed him to return after a month “But I would’ve been out of the league in two years.”
“That shows you what type of organization the Giants are,” Umenyiora said. “If they would’ve said I should do that I would’ve actually thought about it. I would’ve been like ‘Maybe I can go out there and help them.’ But it wasn’t even a discussion. They were like ‘Fix it. Get it over with, and come back next year.’ And I appreciate that.”
Umenyiora, by the way, said he probably could’ve played late in the season, but only at about “80-85%.” He had no regrets about the decision to put him on season ending injured reserve, though, because “Nobody had any idea I was going to heal at that pace.”
If everyone stays healthy this year that defense is going to be FUN TO WATCH!