Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora isn’t going to be practicing with the New York Giants for a while, and this time it has nothing to do with his contract.
Umenyiora had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday and likely will miss the season opener on Sept. 11.
The surgery to clean out the knee came just four days after the disgruntled Umenyiora joined teammates at practice for the first time since training camp opened late last month.
Umenyiora alleged that general manager Jerry Reese had promised to re-work the final two years of a contract that was to pay him $7.1 million through 2012.
Pryor could appeal
Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor could appeal the five-game suspension levied against him by the NFL should he be chosen in next week’s supplemental draft, a decision that would add another layer of complexity to an already unprecedented situation.
Pryor was part of a list distributed by the league of players who are eligible for the draft, but the NFL decided that he won’t be allowed to practice for the team that selects him until Week 6.
Around the league
Plaxico Burress is finally ready to go for the New York Jets. The wide receiver will make his playing debut for his new team Sunday in the Jets’ preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. … Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese is joining the Miami Dolphins’ radio broadcast team this season. Griese announced his retirement from network broadcasting in February after 24 years with ABC and ESPN. … Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis is not expected to play against Detroit because of a hamstring injury. … The new home of the New York Jets and Giants is going to be called MetLife Stadium. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday that insurance giant MetLife has finalized a deal to buy the naming rights for the $1.6 billion stadium that will be the site of the 2014 Super Bowl.
On the field
Aaron Rodgers topped off a sharp performance with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings and the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers beat the Arizona Cardinals 28-20 in a preseason game at Green Bay, Wis. … Cam Newton threw a Hail Mary pass that fell incomplete on the final play of the first half, and that’s the closest he came to reaching the end zone. The top pick of the NFL draft was shut out in his first preseason-game start, and Newton’s Carolina Panthers lost to the host Miami Dolphins 20-10. Newton went 7 for 14 for 66 yards, and he ran four times for 18 yards. … Colt McCoy threw three touchdown passes – two to tight end Evan Moore – in the first half, but the Cleveland Browns blew a 15-point lead after halftime and lost 30-28 to the visiting Detroit Lions in a penalty-filled game. … Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor directed two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, the first ending with Jalen Parmele’s go-ahead 10-yard touchdown run with 7:16 remaining, and the host Baltimore Ravens rallied for a 31-13 victory over the winless Kansas City Chiefs. … John Beck led Washington to scores on its first four possessions, and the Redskins used a dominant first half to beat the host Indianapolis Colts 16-3. … David Garrard did little to solidify his starting spot and rookie Blaine Gabbert was equally unimpressive as the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Atlanta Falcons 15-13 at Jacksonville, Fla.