Osi Umenyiora is out for the year with a knee injury.Â He hurt it during Saturday Night’s pre-season battle with the Jets.Â What does this mean for the Giants and for the NFL as a whole? We’ll examine those questions after the jump
What does this mean for the G-men? Well, it certainly doesn’t help.Â Remember how they used their amazing Defensive line depth to beat up Tom Brady and win the Superbowl? Well, the two best players on that line are now gone, with Strahan retired and Umenyiora out.Â But, with the exception of Quartbacks, it’s always seemed that systems are more important than individual players in the NFL. A veteran is cut or gets hurt or retires and someone else steps right in and replaces him.Â So, maybe Justin TuckÂ and Matthias Kiwanuka can replace Osi’s production and soften the blow.Â Losing him hurts, but it certainly doesn’t mean the season is over before it starts.
As for the league as a whole, this injury will once again open the door to a discussion about whether or not the pre-season is too long. Well, it obviously is. Here’s the best way I can sum it up. The Giants and Jets always play duringÂ the third week of the preseason.Â In the last decade, Jason Sehorn, Chad Pennington, and now Osi have suffered season ending injuries during these annual exhibition. If the teams only played two pre-season games a year, you could argue that none of thoseÂ stars would have been hurt.