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Umenyiora may miss opener; Giants' lineman has knee surgery

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora isn't going to be practicing with the New York Giants for a while, and this time it has nothing to do with his contract.

Umenyiora had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday and likely will miss the season opener Sept. 11.

The surgery to clean out the knee came just four days after the disgruntled Umenyiora joined teammates at practice for the first time since training camp opened late last month.

"It was better to do it now as opposed to midseason," Umenyiora said in a statement. "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."

Umenyiora has been a headline all summer, as he did not report to training camp with the team following the lockout because he was unhappy with his contract. He alleged that General Manager Jerry Reese had promised to rework the final two years of a contract that was to pay him $7.1 million through 2012.

The 29-year-old told The AP on Sunday that he would start practicing on Monday, working this season under the terms of his current deal.

Umenyiora's knee became an issue early in training camp, when the team announced one day that the nine-year veteran wasn't practicing because he said his knee was bothering him.

It led to speculation that the knee had become a bargaining chip.

However, the team cleared him to start practicing last week and Umenyiora went to Atlanta to get a second opinion on the knee and was told he could practice.

After three practices -- the team was off Thursday -- the knee needed repair.

"It is a simple debridement," Ronnie Barnes, the team's vice president of medical services, said, adding that team physician Dr. Russell Warren performed the operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Coach Tom Coughlin said Umenyiora did nothing in practice to hurt the knee.


Pryor may appeal

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor could appeal the five-game suspension levied by the NFL if he is selected in next week's supplemental draft, a decision that would add another layer of complexity to an already unprecedented situation.

Pryor was part of a list of eligible players distributed by the league who are available to be drafted, but he won't be allowed to practice with the team that selects him until Week Six. Pryor gave up his final season with the Buckeyes following an investigation into the team's memorabilia-for-cash scandal.

Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told The Associated Press on Thursday his client accepted the ban. But the player's attorney, David Cornwell, told ESPN Radio on Friday that it's "likely" the punishment will be appealed once Pryor signs an NFL contract.


Around the league

*Aaron Rodgers topped off a sharp performance with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings and the Super Bowl champion Packers beat the Cardinals, 28-20.

*Colt McCoy threw three touchdown passes -- two to tight end Evan Moore -- in the first half, but the Browns blew a 15-point lead after halftime and lost, 30-28, to the Lions.

*John Beck led Washington to scores on its first four possessions, and the Redskins used a dominant first half to beat the Colts, 16-3.

*Cam Newton was shutout in his first exhibition-game start, and Newton's Panthers lost to the Dolphins, 20-10.

*Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor directed two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, and the Ravens rallied for a 31-13 victory over the winless Chiefs.

*David Garrard did little to solidify his starting spot and rookie Blaine Gabbert was equally unimpressive as the Jaguars beat the Falcons, 15-13.

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