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Osi Umenyiora Claims Sore Knee; Trade Really Unlikely

Even if a team were to change its mind and offer its first-round draft pick to the New York Giants for defensive end Osi Umenyiora, a recent development would likely stop a team from pulling that off. Umenyiora is claiming that he is sitting out of practice because of a sore knee, reports Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger.

Garafolo is quick to point out though that the Giants are staying away from that claimed injury. A Giants public relations statement is only mentioning that Umenyiora claims the injury. Supposedly, the injury is in the same knee that caused him to miss the 2008 season, and this injury could require surgery.

But this could all be an elaborate ruse. Certainly he could be injured, but it also provides cover for him as his sits out practice while he awaits a trade (which would appear unlikely if he really is seriously injured) or gets a new contract (which wouldn't happen if he is injured). This is far from over.

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