LeSean vs. Osi on hold

Giants defensive end Osi Umeniyora could be sidelined for 4 to 6 weeks due to knee surgery. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

LeSean McCoy's Twitter feed says he is spending the Eagles' off day today with his mom.

That might prevent him from commenting on the latest news involving Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, whom he called "overrated" and "soft" during the offseason.

Umenyiora had arthorscopic knee surgery on his right knee today and is expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks, according to the Giants. However, a source close to Umenyiora told the New York Daily News that 4 to 6 weeks is a more realistic timetable.

That would mean an October return, and that he would miss the Week 3 game between the Giants and Eagles on Sept. 25.

"It was better to do it now as opposed to mid-season,” Umenyiora said in a statement released by the Giants. “It was going to have to be done, the only question was when. If I'm going to miss a little while, I would prefer it be now than at the crucial part of our season. It's the best decision for the team and myself."

He did not practice during the first two weeks of training camp. Umenyiora returned to the field on Monday and participated in three practices. Umenyiora also has been unhappy with his contract.

“Osi called me at the end of the day yesterday to let me know that he wanted to have the surgery now,” General Manager Jerry Reese said. “After practicing for three days he had some swelling in the knee, and it was clear that we were going to have to adjust his practice routine to every other day to maintain his knee. Osi’s feeling is he wants to get it cleaned up now because he is looking forward to playing this season, and he wants to (play) without the knee being an issue for him. He told me how much he really enjoyed being back on the field this week, and he’s looking forward to getting back out there once he recovers from the procedure.”

Of course, that would still leave the Steve Smith vs. Giants feud to help with the rivalry, although Smith has yet to practice with the Eagles.


To read our in-game observations from last night's Eagles game, click here.