Giants DE Umenyiora to miss first two games

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is expected to miss at least the first two games of the season while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Umenyiora could possibly be back for Week 3, when the Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles. Umenyiora, who is coming off a productive season in which he finished with 11.5 sacks, initially didn’t report to training camp and sought a trade because he was unhappy with his contract situation.

Depending on how quickly Umenyiora returns, how the Giants start the season and how well youngster Jason Pierre-Paul plays in his place, the possibility for a trade could still exist.

The Giants have suffered injuries to their back seven already and, at some point before the trade deadline, perhaps a swap of disgruntled players with the Chicago Bears, for linebacker Lance Briggs, could make sense.

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