Giants' Umenyiora may face Eagles

Posted: September 21, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New York Giants, who have been plagued by injuries since training camp began, finally received some positive news on that front.

Coach Tom Coughlin said in a conference call on Tuesday with reporters that defensive end Osi Umenyiora is likely to see his first action of the season in Sunday's 1 p.m. matchup with the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

Umenyiora, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who recorded 111/2 sacks last season, had arthroscopic knee surgery last month.

"We certainly hope to see that Osi will be ready to go," Coughlin said.

According to Coughlin, because of Monday's 28-16 win over the St. Louis Rams, the practice schedule has been altered, and the team will have its first full-speed workout on Thursday instead of Wednesday.

Wideout woes

The Giants wide receivers are one banged up group.

Their best receiver, Hakeem Nicks, played Monday with a sore knee and had three receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown against St. Louis.

Mario Manningham left the game with what may be a concussion. He was being tested on Tuesday. Yet another wideout, Domenik Hixon, who had a 22-yard touchdown reception, departed with what Coughlin said was a knee injury.

Coughlin said that Hixon was scheduled to have an MRI but that it's too early to tell about the status of either Manningham or Hixon for Sunday.

Veteran receiver Brandon Stokley, who signed last week with the Giants, was pressed into action on Monday. It's possible that more auditions could be held.

Accuracy issues

Giants quarterback Eli Manning settled in on Monday but not before a rocky start. Manning completed just 2 of his first 11 passes against St. Louis before finding his rhythm. He still didn't post outlandish statistics. Manning finished the game completing 18 of 29 passes for 200 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He was also sacked three times.

"We got off to a slow start," Manning said. "They had a good plan, and they got some pressure early on. I settled down and got a few completions under my belt."

In the first two games for the 1-1 Giants, Manning has completed 59 percent of his passes for 468 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Not on the run

Known for their rushing game, the Giants are averaging just 3.3 yards per carry, and after averaging 3.1 yards per rush on Monday, the Eagles may dare the Giants to beat them with the pass.

"They kept eight men in the box," running back Ahmad Bradshaw said of St. Louis. "They tried to stop the run after a while. We were getting a lot of cutbacks early in the game, and we needed to be aggressive, but we were able to keep running."

Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225,, or @sjnard on Twitter.


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