He lay on an examination table as a New York Giants trainer manipulated his throbbing ankle, wincing at the sharp pain and grimacing at the harsh implications. He couldn't see the field, but the raucous commotion above told him the game was getting away from his team. The 2011 season – and his financial leverage – also seemed to have been sucked into a downward spiral.
As Osi Umenyiora pondered all of this from the bowels of the Louisiana Superdome during a 49-24 defeat to the New Orleans Saints last November, the veteran defensive end figured he and the Giants were headed for an unspectacular, unsatisfying divorce.
"Once the trainer [Byron Hansen] told me it was [a high-ankle sprain] and how long it could be, that was a real bad feeling," Umenyiora recalled Thursday in a phone interview. "He said, 'Man, it's probably gonna be awhile.' I was under the stadium, so I couldn't see the game, but you could hear every time they scored. I still had painkillers in me from earlier, and theRead More »from Umenyiora overcomes injuries, contract dispute