Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Updated: August 11, 12:57 PM ET
Giants' Osi Umenyiora does drills
By Ohm Youngmisuk ESPNNewYork.com
Osi Umenyiora did not practice with the New York Giants on Wednesday but he did perform some individual pass-rushing drills on the side for the first time during a practice.
A day before he is expected to consult with a specialist in Atlanta about his sore knee, Umenyiora looked like he could chase a quarterback right now if he wanted to.
He got down in a three-point stance and proceeded to explode out of his stance as he worked on his pass-rushing skills with a trainer. The defensive end even worked on spin moves before heading into the team facility while practice continued on.
Umenyiora has not practiced since joining the team on July 30. This was the public's first glimpse of Umenyiora doing more than pedaling on a stationary bike on the sideline.
Thursday's meeting with a specialist could be another step toward Umenyiora finally practicing with the Giants. The specialist and the team's medical staff will then figure out what the next step will be for Umenyiora, who has not practiced due to a sore knee and also is at odds with management over his contract.
"I'm hoping this will get him on the field," Tony Agnone, Umenyiora's agent, said.
Umenyiora has a meniscus issue, according to a source. The injury is believed to be manageable but a source said that if it did require surgery, it would likely keep Umenyiora out for just over a month or so.
Umenyiora has not threatened surgery and another source said it's doubtful that he would undergo surgery. Still, he will see the specialist in an effort to determine the next step in this saga.
Barring a setback or something unforeseen, Umenyiora could be practicing with the Giants on Monday or early next, week according to a source.
The defensive end has been in a contract standoff with the Giants. Umenyiora wants a new deal or to be traded and has a total of $7.1 million remaining in base salary on the final two years of his deal.
"I hope we get some closure on that chapter and start on the new one," head coach Tom Coughlin said on Wednesday. "Let's get this stuff resolved."
Coughlin believes if Umenyiora returns to the field the defensive end will be able to practice without any lingering feelings about his contract.
The Giants had dialogue with Umenyiora's camp last week about adding sacks incentives to his contract. However, Umenyiora countered by asking that the final year of his contract be taken off so that he can play this season and then become a free agent.
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The Giants were not open to that idea.
Still, Umenyiora's friend and teammate Justin Tuck thinks progress is being made.
"Looks like it's progress to me," Tuck said. "It's movement. About this situation, no one knows when it's going to end or knows where it's heading. So I don't worry about it. It is going to take care of itself."
"He definitely wants to get on the football field but I don't think he's in any rush," Tuck added. "He is kind of taking it day by day."
Umenyiora had offseason surgery on his hip but said in June that he was recovered. He also has had surgery on his knee after missing the entire 2008 season due to a knee injury. Sources say that Umenyiora's current knee issue is not related to the surgery he had in 2008.
Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.