The NFL Network reported on Wednesday night Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora would play only on passing downs. While Umenyiora figures to see action on first and second down on Sunday against the Cowboys, there’s suddenly evidence he won’t be out there as much as he has in the past.
And that, for the first time since 2004, he won’t make a start when healthy.
During the portion of Friday’s practice open to the media, Umenyiora was working with the second-team base defense. In his place at right end was Mathias Kiwanuka.